Can I paint my gutters?

man painting gutter

Yes, you can paint gutters. There is a common misconception that you cannot apply new paint to guttering as they are metal, but this is not true. Some paints, such as acrylic exterior paint, are designed to take on the elements. This means it’s possible to transform your gutter’s appearance with just a fresh coat.

Why would I need to paint my gutters?

Painting your gutters might seem purely aesthetic, but it's more than just about adding a splash of color to your home exterior. This task has several practical benefits that you might not have considered.

For starters, a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into gutters that have seen their original color fade due to the weather. Over time, exposure to the sun, rain, and icy conditions can wear away the paint and dull the overall appearance of your gutters. A new layer of paint, however, can restore the vibrancy and enhance the overall look of your home.

Beyond the visual appeal, painting your gutters also offers protective benefits. If your gutters have sustained damage, a post-repair paint job can help conceal any remaining blemishes, giving your gutters a smooth, like-new finish. Moreover, specialty paints, such as paint guards, can provide an added layer of protection against wear and tear, extending the lifespan of your gutters.

Perhaps most importantly, a fresh paint job can shield your gutters from rust, especially if they're made of metal. Adding a protective layer effectively fortifies your gutters against the elements and prevents corrosion, enhancing their longevity and performance.

How often should I paint my gutters?

How often you should paint your gutters is not a one-size-fits-all answer but rather depends on a variety of factors, including your local climate, the quality of your existing paint, and the exposure of your gutters to various elements.

In areas with a lot of intense sunlight, such as Florida, the sun can cause your gutter's color to fade over time. Harsh weather conditions, common in places like Vermont, can also rapidly wear down paint. Even if you live in states with a milder climate, such as North Carolina, painting your gutters can give them a fresh lease of life for relatively little expense.

As a general guideline, a new paint job every 5 to 10 years can help maintain the appearance and longevity of your gutters. However, it's vital to stay observant and look out for signs of wear and tear. If you notice the color starting to fade or see visible damage, it might be time to refresh.

Using a high-quality paint guard can also add an extra layer of protection, enhancing the vibrancy of the color and increasing the time between necessary repainting. So, while the need to repaint can be influenced by several factors, keeping an eye on your gutters and reacting to visible changes can ensure they remain in top shape.

What paint should be used on gutters?

Applying the right kind of paint according to the gutter type is important. It’s valuable to consider how different types of paint will work better according to the gutter type. This is because guttering material differs from model to model.

Acrylic paint’s design makes them ideal for metal and steel gutters as it contains rust inhibitors – making it more durable than a standard variant. There are special types of paint for vinyl and plastic guttering, as these are more flexible and won’t get damaged as easily as regular paint. For aluminum gutters, oil-based or acrylic paints work best.

Gutters are constantly open to the elements. Hence the endurance capability of the paint is key. We recommend a durable finish, for example, with gloss or semi-gloss, as these are less likely to peel off than matte-style paint. Darker colors absorb heat more, so choosing black paint may mean your guttering fades easier – lighter colors are the complete opposite.

How to paint your gutters

Step 1: Clean your gutters

It’s important to clean both the inside and the outside of your gutters to remove debris, leaves, and dirt. We recommend you hose the interior and use a scrub brush with soap and water on the exterior for a spotless surface. You’ll need to remove the downspout braces for thorough cleaning and paint coverage. You should always use the recommended safety equipment. Getting a professional to clean your gutters can be a good idea if you’re not confident with the task.

Step 2: Use a primer

Using a primer is essential as it allows the paint to stick to the surface and prevents damage to the gutter. We recommend an oil-based or acrylic bonding primer. Important to note – don’t use a primer that contains ammonia. This is because it can cause bubbles in your paint finish. Allow the primer to dry for 48 hours before applying a coat of paint to let it cure thoroughly.

Step 3: Apply the first coat

There are two options to consider for the first coat – enamel or acrylic. Enamel paint is hard, which adds durability to the finish. This is useful for preventing rust on metallic surfaces, although harder to clean up. Acrylic paint is water resistant, making it last longer. It’s also easier to clean up. You’ll need to apply an even coat of paint to the entire surface using the right kind of brush. It’s crucial you leave the first coat to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 4: Apply the second coat

You’ll need to add a second coat to ensure an even and durable finish. We recommend following the same principles as you did when applying the first coat. After applying the second layer, you’ll need to leave this for 24 hours to dry before reattaching any hardware or braces.

How Leafguard can help your gutter painting issues

Leafguard gutters are a hassle-free alternative to painting gutters for the following reasons:

  • The Scratchguard® paint finish resists chipping, peeling, cracking, rotting, and rusting. It won’t ever need to be repainted.
  • Color retention ability reduces fading.
  • Built-in resistance to dirt, which works wonders for long-lasting aesthetics.  
  • Our clog-free guarantee removes any need to clean your gutters. This means you have clean gutters all year - without any effort.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I paint my gutters if they have already been painted before?

Yes, you can paint gutters if they have already been painted before. It’s a great way to liven up the exterior of your home. Also, if you have new windows fitted with a different color, repainting your gutters can help you match colors.

What are the signs that indicate my gutters need to be repainted?

Any signs such as chipping, fading, scratches, or peeling paint indicate your guttering needs repainting. When these start to appear, a fresh coat can restore the appearance.

Is it necessary to remove old paint before repainting gutters?

Yes, removing the old paint before repainting the gutters is necessary. This helps the new layer bond better and inhibits flaking and chipping. This is best done with a plastic knife to avoid damage, especially on metallic surfaces. Ensure you use stripper paint to remove the old surface.

Can I paint gutters myself, or should I hire a professional?

If you do it yourself, you’re fully responsible for every aspect. If you’re comfortable with this, we recommend you give it a go, as it will reduce costs because you don’t need to hire someone else. It will, however, take more of your time and effort. If you hire a professional, they will be more apt for the job and probably get it done quicker. However, it will cost.