Painting a Tin Roof Properly: 4 Tips

Painting a tin roof can add life to your home or provide you with a different aesthetic look. Here are a few tips to help you paint your tin roof properly. 

Tip 1: Select the Right Paint

The first tip to help you properly paint your tin roof properly is the selection of the right paint. Go to a home improvement center or paint store and request a metal roof paint for the task. You should obtain measurements of the roof surface that is being painted so that a representative from the store can help you purchase the amount of paint necessary to complete the task. If you use the wrong type of paint, you may incur additional expenses in clean-up and reapplication of the correct paint type.

Tip 2: Prepare the Paint Surface Properly

Before applying the paint to the roof, you must properly prepare the surface. Remove all dirt and debris from the roof and sand any existing paint, using sandpaper or a wire brush. Wash the roof again to remove any remnant debris from the sanding. This should clear all leaves, dirt, oil, paint and any other obstructions that may interfere with the painting process.

Tip 3: Wear Protective Clothing and Observe Safety Procedures

Wear gloves and protective outwear, including a breathing mask and safety glasses when painting. Also, be sure to observe all safety procedures when climbing onto and exiting the roof. If necessary, work with a partner or assistant in order to stay safe and keep from injuring yourself. Use a brush and extended roller to reach areas of the roof that may be hard to access to ensure complete coverage.

Tip 4: Determine the Number of Applications Needed

Read all instructions associated with the paint that you choose to determine how many coats need to be applied. Most paints may only require one application of paint while others may require a second coat be applied. The paint store or home improvement center from which you bought the paint should give you information about the proper application of the paint. Be sure to write down any additional instructions and follow them strictly.

If you follow these tips when preparing to paint your tin roof, you should be able to properly complete this task. Be sure to choose the best day, weather wise, so that you are not half applying a coat ahead of an impending rain store or other condition that may affect the quality of the paint job.