galvanized downspouts

Old 08-15-06, 03:20 PM
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galvanized downspouts

The flat part of our roof was just re-done, and the roofer replaced the old downspouts (running from roof drains) with new round downspouts that look galvanized (bright, smooth steel color). I like the way they look (a few others don't seem to share my opinion), but wonder if they need some protection before the rainy season. Is there some sort of clear coating I could "paint" on them so they'd stand up to rough weather and still look the same? Or, if I lose the argument and have to paint them, how do I get paint to stick to them?
Old 09-05-06, 01:24 PM
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If they look galvanized, then they're probably galvanized steel. Nothing else looks like galvanize. They'll probably turn gark gray with age. If you decide to paint them, I don't think going for a clear paint will work. Galvanize needs a special primer.
Old 09-05-06, 02:13 PM
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You can let them age some then paint them. Or wash them down with a strong water and vinegar mix. wash that off with water.Put 2 or 3 coats on it . But each coat very very thin.


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