Remove Dents And Scratches From The Aluminum Siding On Your Garage
After accidentally hitting your garage with your vehicle, you may notice that part of the aluminum siding is dented and scratched. Learn how to do siding repair these problems so that the damage is no longer evident:
Items To Use
- electric drill
- metal washer
- self-tapping screw
- sanding sponge
- tube of plastic aluminum
- acrylic spray paint
- putty knife
- soapy water
- cleaning cloths
Removing The Dent
Locate the middle of the dented area. Drill a small hole in this section. Insert a self-tapping screw in the hole that is left behind. Before the screw is all the way tightened, place a metal washer under its head. Finish tightening the screw all the way. Pull on the washer with a pair of pliers. Use consistent force when pulling on it. Once the aluminum is back in shape, remove the screw and the washer.
Filling The Hole
There will be a small hole left behind by the drill and the screw. It can be filled with plastic aluminum. This material comes in a tube and has a small applicator that will allow you to insert it into the hole. After the hole is filled completely, use a putty knife to smooth down the material that is near the surface. The drying time for this product varies, depending upon the brand that you have purchased and the amount that was used. Read the tube to determine how long to wait.
Sanding And Painting
Sand the surface of the aluminum, evening out the area where the plastic aluminum was applied and any visible scratches. Use a sanding sponge for this step. This item consists of a foam block that is covered with a sheet of sandpaper. It can be used on wet or dry surfaces and is often used on metal. Once the surface is smooth to your touch, clean it with soapy water and a cloth. Dry the surface well.
Apply acrylic spray paint that matches the original color of the siding. Avoid using oil-based paint or paint that is glossy. Non-acrylic paint can cause the metal to expand, forming cracks in the surface of the siding. After the paint dries, your garage will look as well as it did before the damage.
Wash the siding off regularly in order to keep your garage looking nice. Every few years, you may want to add a fresh coat of paint to the entire structure. This will help keep the metal protected and will maintain your garage's appearance.