Can I paint the roof metal on the eaves?

Questions & AnswersCategory: Exterior Trim, Windows and DoorsCan I paint the roof metal on the eaves?
Rachel asked 10 years ago

I’m about to paint the trim outside the house. Just got new roof metal that is outlining the eaves. Will painting the metal give the home a better look or will it look better just leaving it silver?

1 Answers
Crowder Painting answered.

Yes, you can paint this galvanized metal. If the metal flashing is visible then painting is a good idea. This will blend it with the trim color.

Usually this metal is allowed to "weather" for 3-4 weeks. This removes most of the residual oils from the manufacturing and shipping. In your case, it will require a quick washing. You can use an 1/8 cup of laundry detergent mixed with a couple gallons of warm water and rinse well with clean water. Or wipe it with a solvent, like acetone.

A good universal quick drying primer is needed. I would use an oil base, make sure it is compatible with galvanized metal.