How to Paint a Metal Window Awning

One of the great things about having a metal window awning is that it is more durable than similar plastic, or canvas, models. A longer lasting awning will very likely mean that you will need to touch up the paint job at some point during its lifespan. If done correctly, painting a metal awning can be a very manageable job. The project can be completed quickly and is fairly easy to do,

Clean Awning Thoroughly

The first thing that you will need to do is to completely clean your awning, this means removing dirt, grime, oil and all remaining paint from previous paint jobs. To do this, the best tool you can use is a pressure washer. This will be very effective at removing any and all substances stuck to the metal. If you do not have access to a pressure washer, a garden hose with a strong spray nozzle can be used to remove much of the dirt that accumulates on metal awnings.

Primer and Paint

In order to create a barrier between the elements and your awning, mix one pint of paint thinner with one gallon of primer paint. Apply it to the awning with a paint roller. You will need to wait until it dries completely before applying your paint. This usually takes at least 24 hours. Once your primer has dried, apply your paint evenly with paintbrushes or a roller.