A way to KEEP aluminum siding clean?

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Old 05-02-11, 02:19 PM
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Question A way to KEEP aluminum siding clean?

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My 2-story, 100+ year old house has aluminum siding that has been repainted with a flat acrylic/latex a few years ago. I live on a BUSY Main road close to the street. The front of the house gets absolutely filthy from all the road dust. I was wondering if there were any products/cleaners out there that might repel dirt so that I don't have to scrub the siding so often? I've searched, but all I found are straight cleaners. Except for a few spots, the paint itself has held up (no peeling). I feel silly for saying this, but I even wondered if I could wax the siding like a car

If the only other option is to repaint, would using a semi-gloss finish help with keeping the siding clean longer, or make cleaning easier? That road dust REALLY clings on, and is difficult to scrub off.

Thanks for your thoughts.
 
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Old 05-02-11, 03:46 PM
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I never repaint aluminum siding with flat paint because of the issues you are having. I've always used a exterior satin latex house paint [or shinier]. Paint with some sheen doesn't seem to get dirty as easy and is definitely easier to clean.

I don't believe wax would work and it WOULD complicate repainting. IMO your best bet is to repaint using an exterior paint with some sheen. Maybe you can get by with just repainting the front.
 
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Thanks for the quick response, Mark. I definitely will not wax the house, LOL. I was hoping there was a temporary fix (since the paint itself was still good) to tide me over until I had to repaint again. As I have other pressing priorities with the house to address first, I'll just scrub the best I can until I can get around to repainting the siding with a glossier finish.
 
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