How to Paint Vinyl Gutters
Vinyl gutters tend to become extremely dirty, and lose their coloring over a period of time. This is mainly due to them being exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight, freezing temperatures, and all sorts of chemicals which cause the vinyl gutter to discolor. Such grimy vinyl gutters tend to take away the beauty and appeal of your home’s exterior, hence they should be dealt with immediately. Without utilizing the expertise of a handyman who will definitely incur a large cost, such a simple task can easily be done yourself by making use of a few simple tools. Follow the simple steps described below to paint a vinyl gutter yourself.
For your own safety and protection, keep the following items on hand:
- Old clothes (for painting in)
- Rubber gloves
- Safety goggles
Step 1 – Remove Vinyl Gutters from Exterior
The first step is to bring down the vinyl gutter from the exterior walls to a flat surface where they can be easily painted. In order to do this, use a ladder and remove the screws with a screwdriver holding the gutters in place. Place the gutters on a smooth flat surface before moving onto the next step.
Step 2 – Clean up Gutters
By now, it will be apparent how dirty the gutters are. However before beginning this next step, ensure that you have put on the gloves, eye goggles, and old clothing given how messy the next few steps will be. Firstly using the water hose, directly spray it all over the vinyl gutter as this will cause a great deal of the dirt to wash away. Next, mix dish soap and warm water to in a bucket. Now using the cleaning brush, begin scrubbing until all of the filth has been washed away.
Step 3 – Apply Sanding Solution
Now that all the filth has been washed away, the next thing is do is apply a light layer of liquid sanding solution using a paintbrush onto the vinyl gutter. Now, use a clean rag to wipe away some of the liquid sanding solution. The main purpose of using this sanding solution is that it removes the gloss from the vinyl gutter; hence it shall easily allow the new paint to stick to it.
Step 4 – Add Flex Additive to Paint
Before you move onto the last step, add a small quantity of flex additive into the latex paint which will ultimately be used to paint the vinyl gutter. The addition of this flex additive has a number of advantages and the main one being that the paint shall not crack once this has been added to it.
Step 5 – Paint Vinyl Gutter
Finally, the vinyl gutter is ready to be painted. Using a paintbrush or a spray gun (whichever is more easily available to you), start painting the vinyl gutter. Allow for the first layer to dry, and then apply two more coats of paint to the gutter. Once the paint has been completed, let the gutter dry out completely. By this point in time, your vinyl gutter should be as good as new, and ready to be reattached to the exterior of your house.