painting aluminum window trim/casing

Old 04-15-05, 05:44 AM
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painting aluminum window trim/casing

My exterior windows are cased, trimmed or whatever you call it with aluminum. It is very dingy and brings down the overally look. Can the aluminum be painted to brighten the windows and improve the appearance of the windows? Other houses in my neighborhood all have wood trim and a new coat of paint keeps them looking fresh.
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It is called aluminum capping,at least here anyway. I would get rid of the dirt,mold, chalk and mildew and paint with a good exterior latex paint, I don't think you need to prime as you are not painting aluminum but what is on the aluminum. I would probably use a small sash pad,available in the depot to smoothe things out. Don't paint it the sun.
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I've painted several alum siding houses with good results. Good prep is a must. If you can't get all the chaulk off add emulsa bond to the latex paint. If prepped right and use good paint it will look good for 10 yrs.

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