How to Paint on Steel Siding

What You'll Need
Pressure washer
Paint rollers
Rust converter
Rolling pans
Trisodium phosphate (TSP)

The best way to improve the exterior of your house is to paint the steel sliding. Steel sidings are used not only in homes but in offices, shops and various other buildings. These steel sidings are always needed to be taken care off. They can help giving your home, office or shop a beautiful look and yet, if not painted properly can give a very bad look. There are many ways in which you can paint the steel sliding but the best and the most inexpensive way is to do it yourself. The house exteriors can look beautiful just by putting in extra effort. You can be save money that would otherwise go to the laborer. Each step below explains how without any trouble you can paint the steel siding and give your home, office or shop a new look.

Step 1 – Cleaning the Steel Siding

The first step includes cleaning. Wash the steel siding in trisodium phosphate using a pressure washer. This will help clean away all the dirt that accumulates on the steel siding. It also helps to peel away the previous paint on the steel siding, leaving it neat and clean. This, in turn, will help you to paint it easily other wise you would have to scrub away the dirt and the previous paint and that would be very time consuming.

Step 2 – Getting Over with the Rust

Steel rusts very quickly and this is the only disadvantage of having a steel siding. You have to see very clearly for every crevice of the siding for the rust. On each crack of rust that you find spray the rust converter. The rust converter would help the rust transform into a black substance that can easily be covered by the paint. Leave the siding for a while after you spray the rust converter and let it dry.

Step 3 – Painting

You would need a thin layer of primer before applying the actual paint on the steel siding. This would provide you with an additional layer before the layers of real paint are applied. Wait until the primer is dried. Now put the paint of your desired color in the rolling pan and cover your paint roller with the paint. Use the ladder for painting the steel sidings on the top, and using the roller paint in a horizontal direction. Repeat the procedure until you get done with all the steel sidings.

Step 4 – Retouching

After the first coat of the paint dries, start off with the second coat. Give special attention to the parts where the primer layer still shows its color. The second layer should not be as thick as the first one because it is only needed as a part of the retouching process that would cover the parts left by the first coating of the paint. You would only apply the second layer to the places that visually need to be retouched. Thus giving your steel siding a more neat and tidy look.