Aluminum has been a frequent choice in home siding for decades. Its many advantages include moderate cost, effective insulating material properties and effortless care. Aluminum siding isn’t entirely maintenance-free, nevertheless. Exposure to the elements, a stray basketball or pebbles kicked up with a lawn mower can cause slight scratches and tiny dents. Oxidation known as”chalking” can appear on the surface. Luckily, dings and minor flaws in aluminum siding could be mended with a few tools and a few frequent household cleansers.
Repairing Small Dents
Wear safety goggles.
Drill a tiny hole to the middle of the dented area of the aluminum siding. Work slowly and stop the drill before the bit reaches the house’s exterior walls.
Push a metal screw in the hole far enough so that it becomes hard to turn.
Grip the head of the metal screw with pliers and pull it toward you until the dent pops out. Remove the screw by turning it counterclockwise using the pliers.
Sand the holes along with any mild scratches with fine-grit sandpaper until smooth.
Brush or wipe the area clean and then apply a little bit of car body filler to the sanded area. Smooth using a putty knife.
Sand the place until smooth once the automobile body filler dries. Employ metal primer, allow it to dry and then employ touch-up paint.
Cleaning Aluminum Siding
Spray the aluminum siding from a garden hose or low-pressure sprayer to wash off loose debris and dirt.
Mix together 3 to 4 gallons of hot water with roughly 1/4 cup of mild laundry detergent or trisodium phosphate.
Put on gloves and dip a long-handle brush to the cleaning solution. Starting from the top down, scrub away stubborn dirt.
Spray clean water on the siding using a garden hose to wash away the soapy solution.