Doing cosmetic work to sell my home in Oakland CA…
The house is a 1919 bungalow, with later addition of aluminum awnings over the living room window and front and back porches, and ugly aluminum support columns (kind of a swirly sort of bent-aluminum design between two 1.25″ square tubes for each column) for the one over the front porch. Current house color is pale pink with white trim and awnings, red sidewalks and driveway, light colored gravel on the roof. There is a wrought-iron railing for the front porch and stairs, which was painted a couple of months ago (we’re doing the window bars now) with Rust Bullet, which is a moisture-cure urethane coating and is silver in color.
The house is badly in need of an exterior paint job. We’re going to change the wall color to something more curently popular – probably a “warm grey”, that is, something sand- or khaki-like in color. We’ll stay with white trim.
The question is what to do with the awnings, which are filthy. The awning over the front porch provides necessary shelter from the elements, so ugly as it is, it stays. The house would look unbalanced if we took off the awning over the living room window and left the one over the porch; plus, the neighbors on either side have awnings over their front windows, so it fits right in.
1. Just wash the awnings and leave it at that.
2. Paint the awnings with the same semi-gloss, white paint that we’re using for the trim (Behr premium exterior acrylic, supposed to be primer+paint in one).
3. Paint the awnings with the same Rust Bullet coating we’re using for the railings and window bars that actually need the rust protection ($$$).
4. Something else.
1. Will exterior acrylic paint stick OK to aluminum? Does it need a special primer?
2. Opinions about white vs silver color, vs something else? I’ll try to dig up a photo of the front of the house and add it to the thread. The realtors I’ve interviewed would want the awning to come down, or at least no attention drawn to it.
3. One of my fiance’s friends has an airless sprayer and supposedly knows how to use it, so we’ll be spraying the stucco when we get to that part. If we paint the awnings, should we spray them or brush? I don’t think we’ll be able to use a roller, due to the way the metal is corrugated. We definitely won’t use the sprayer if we go the Rust Bullet route — that stuff can’t be removed once it hardens, and these guys don’t take that great care of their tools.
4. If we paint the awnings, should we paint both the top (outside) and the bottom (inside), or just the top (outside)?
Any input greatly appreciated!