I bought new aluminum clad windows on the bargain rack, but the color is hideous. Can I paint them?
Jenny Benner, Roxbury, CT
Associate editor Daniel S. Morrison replies: Yes, after scuffing the surface with fine sandpaper, use a metal-bonding primer, then a high-quality metal enamel, available at your local paint store. Another option is to take the windows to an auto-body shop. Auto paint is formulated specifically to bond to metal and is durable.