If your home has a metal facade, it can fade over time just as with any other type of siding that you may have on your home. If you have metal and it has faded or has begun to peel, your home may feel a bit unsightly. If this is happening to your home, you don't have to rip off the siding and install new, if it's still in good shape, you can paint over it to give it new life. Metal siding on a home or an outbuilding can be very long-lasting and sustainable, but it will need to be cared for properly. A fresh coat of paint can help with this. Read on for tips on how to paint over metal siding.

Tools For The Job:

  • Paint (exterior paint that is made for metal) 
  • Paintbrushes
  • Roller
  • Extension pole
  • Ladder/scaffolding
  • Scraper
  • Cleaner
  • Garden hose or pressure washer
  • Rust repair kit
  • Scrub brushes
  • Drop cloths


  1. To start, you're going to need to clean the metal siding. It should be free of all debris, and any areas where it may be rusting should be repaired with a rust repair kit. You don't want any of the rust showing through the metal facade after you've finished painting, so you need to be sure it is repaired. Use the cleaner and garden hose or pressure washer to clean the siding. Repair rust by scraping away the rust, sanding it down with a piece of sandpaper, and adding a product such as a primer to cover the rusted spot. 
  2. You should also remove peeling paint using a scrub brush or a scraper and remove anything that may hinder your new paint job. 
  3. Once your siding is clean and free of damage or peeling paint, you can begin the job of painting the siding. Place the drop cloth on the ground where you are going to be starting to prevent paint splatters from getting anywhere you don't want them to. Use painter's tape to tape off anywhere that you do not want to get paint on, such as a part of the home that you don't want painted — brick or stone on the home for instance.
  4. After you have done the prep work, use the paintbrush to cut in the paint all around the side of the home, then use the roller to roll the paint onto the surface of the metal. Use enough paint for coverage, but not too much that it drips. Apply a coat, then move around your home until you have one coat finished. Allow it to dry thoroughly, then apply a second coat as needed.
  5. Allow plenty of time for your siding to dry in between coats of paint, then look at it in different lights to see if you have the proper coverage for your home.

If your home is in need of a paint job, and you have metal siding, it can be painted, don't tear it off of your home. Give it new life using paint. Contact an exterior painter to find out more.