Painting Aluminum Gutter Fascia Brackets

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Old 10-19-07, 06:20 AM
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Painting Aluminum Gutter Fascia Brackets

How would you recommend painting aluminum gutter fascia brackets?

The seamless gutters on my house were originally fastened with spikes and ferrules, but those have proved unsatisfactory over time. I want to replace them with aluminum gutter fascia brackets, which I figure will hold up better under the water, snow, and ice loads of New England winters.

You can see a picture of an aluminum gutter fascia bracket here:
http://www.idealtruevalue.com/servlet/the-21746/Detail

The fascia brackets come with a glossy white painted finish, and I want to paint them blue to match the gutters.

To prepare them for painting, I thought I might lightly scuff them with fine steel wool or perhaps use a wire brush cup on a drill. After that, I thought I could get a smoother finish with spray paint rather than brushing them. I don't know what the gutters were painted with, so I will have to eyeball it with the spray paint color to try to match.

Any suggestions for this project?

Thank you.
 
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Old 10-19-07, 07:16 AM
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The main thing when painting aluminum is to have a clean surface for the paint to adhere to. I almost always paint aluminum with a quality latex paint, adding a little emulsa bond to the latex paint may promote a little better adhesion.

Since you are just painting the brackets, most any type of exterior grade paint should work ok. Are the gutters a factory blue? or have they been painted? If they have been repainted I'd use the same paint.
 
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Thanks for the advice about Flood EB Emulsa Bond. I had never heard of it, but I found info online and Emulsa Bond is available locally.

To answer your questions...

Yes, the gutters are a factory blue. No, they have not been repainted.

To provide some other details...

I have some blue exterior latex paint used to paint the fascia boards and other trim on the house before the gutters were installed perhaps 10-12 years ago. The blue of the fascia boards was darker than the blue of the gutters. That difference was not noticeable when the gutters were spiked to the fascia boards. However, now that I plan to use brackets instead of spikes, and the brackets will be visible on the face of the gutter, Iím concerned that the contrast may be too great between the existing blue of the gutters and the blue of the brackets when painted with the fascia paint.

To ensure the gutters and the brackets match, I could use the fascia paint to paint the gutters as well as the brackets, but that would substantially expand the scope of this project and I really need to get the gutters back in place soon so we are ready for winter.

For these K-style gutters, I count six surfaces to be painted:
1) back
2) bottom
3) lower lip on front
4) ogee curve on front
5) upper lip on front
6) top lip

If I were to paint these gutters, would you suggest that I paint the surfaces in any particular order? Should I just place the gutter upside down on sawhorses, paint all six faces in the first foot or so, and then move on to the next foot, not fussing about the order?

To ensure a nice smooth finish, I would probably use a short-nap roller or pad painter on the flat surfaces. What would you suggest for the ogee curve on the front?
 
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I don't think I've ever painted any guttering that wasn't installed. Depending on the job I usually brush or spray the guttering. No real need to paint the backside since it isn't seen and doesn't need paint for protection.

If the factory finish is decent i wouldn't paint the gutters. If you can take a small piece to your local paint store [not dept] they can match up the color in a quart of paint so you can just paint the new brackets.

It is also possible you might be able to get a can of spray paint from the gutter manufacture although it is possible that they have paint that matches the blue when it was new, it may no longer match the weathered aluminum.
 
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