How to Paint your Gutters – They’ll Look Better and Last Longer

A fresh coat of paint on your gutters will give your home the facelift that it deserves. Gutters are a part of your home that are often overlooked. With the right color, it can tie everything together.

Whether you are going for a classic look or something unique, let’s go over how to paint your gutters like a pro.

Quick Guide to Painting your Gutters

Here is a quick outline of the steps to painting to your gutters, we’ll go into more detail later on.

  1. Clean your Gutters – Wash your gutters and let them dry.
  1. Apply Primer – Put on your coat of primer and wait 48 hours for it to dry.
  1. Paint First Coat – Paint your first coat of paint and wait 4 hours for the second coat (depending on paint type).
  1. Paint Second Coat – Apply second coat of paint.

Can you Paint your Gutters?

A simple project like painting your gutters can feel like rocket science. But if we break down painting your gutters to the simplest steps and mix it with some common sense, anyone can do it.

You don’t need fancy tools. You don’t need a whole crew of people to do it.

With simple tools and the right paint is all you need to get the job done so well it looks like a professional did it. The paint job is a wallet friendly way to boost your home value and make your house more homey.

It can make your old, beat-up gutters look brand new.

If your home has a second story, it could be worth hiring a professional.

A job of that scale is a much bigger project and the safety precautions required are more intense. For that reason, unless you are very motivated, it’s best to leave the project to a pro.

This painting job is for painting seamless gutters that use hidden hangers.

Note: If you have copper gutters, it’s not recommended to paint them. It’s uncommon to have copper gutters and 90% of people have aluminum gutters.

Tools Needed

  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • Hose/Power Washer
  • Bucket
  • Scrub Brush
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint roller
  • Paint bucket (hands-free recommended)
  • Soap
  • Clear bonding primer
  • Acrylic exterior paint

A quick note on tools: It’s common for gutter experts to use more expensive tools. Tools such as pressure washers for cleaning or spray painting with different handles and nozzles.

This allows them to move fast and not have to climb up and down a ladder. This type of equipment is convenient to have, but is not required to paint your gutters. You can get as good of a result with the simple tools outlined above. But it will require a little more work.

Safety First: Get a Partner to Help

Painting your gutters requires working on a ladder in an elevated space. The risk of falling is always possible. It’s recommended to get a partner who can assist by holding the ladder. The extra hands can also be nice for handing you tools.

If you get tired, you can swap out with your partner.

Always remember, safety first and use common sense.

How To Paint Your Gutters: Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Clean your Gutters

Before you whip out the paint, we need to do a thorough gutter cleaning. We will need to scrub the areas of the gutters that will get painted.

This will help the paint stick better and last longer for a better end result.

For ease of cleaning, it’s a good idea to spray the gutters down first with a hose or a pressure washer. This will get most of the gunk off of the gutters and make it easier to scrub them down later.

Next, grab a bucket of water mixed with soap and your scrubbing brush. It’s time to scrub down the entire surface of the gutters that you plan on painting. This is a good time to work on any of those dirt stripes AKA “tiger stripes” that have formed over the years of rain.

If you’re not able to get everything 100%, that is fine. We’re looking to clean what we can.

After you clean the gutters, wait a few hours for them to dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 2: Apply Primer

Now that the gutters are sparkly clean and dry, we can apply the primer.

Note: Check the weather before beginning this step. There should be no rain for the next 48 hours.

The primer will go on before you apply the paint. This will help the paint “stick” to the gutters better and give the project a better finish. You won’t regret this step. Your painted gutters will last longer and look better.

If you can, always get a dedicated primer and avoid the primer and paint combinations you can find at the store. The end result will be worth it. Ammonia-free acrylic primer is perfect for the job.

For bonus points, you can sand the gutters before applying the primer. This extra step helps the painted gutters last even longer.

Now let’s get the hands-free paint bucket and paint roller and get started applying the primer. We recommend using a roller instead of a brush as the application will be more even. A small brush can help for detail work.

Now you’ll need to wait for the primer to dry to move on to the next step. You may need to wait anywhere between 4-48 hours.

Read the back of your primer container for the recommended guidelines.

Step 3: Apply First Coat of Paint

Once the primer is in place, you are ready to start painting.

For the paint color, it’s recommended to select a color that matches the trim or your house’s exterior. Pro tip: You can figure out the color of your wall or trim by removing small chip of paint and taking it to your local home center. They can color match it so your gutters can be an exact match.

For painting the gutters, you have the option of using either oil-based or acrylic paint. Acrylic exterior paints are the go-to for aluminum gutters. Acrylic is much easier to work with and adheres well to aluminum gutters.

We recommend using the hands-free paint bucket for this step. Use a roller to apply the paint for a nice even coat. Avoid applying to much paint or you may get some paint drippings. This can add an unwanted texture to the look and drip onto your siding.

Follow the instructions on the back of the paint to figure out the wait time before the second coat (usually 4-6 hours).

Step 4: Apply the Second Coat of Paint

Once you have waited, let’s add another layer of paint.

Use the same process as step 3.

We’re looking to cover every surface that was already painted in the previous step. Once you have finished painting the gutters, you’re done. After a day or so, the gutters will be completely dry and ready for the rainy season.

It’s time to stand back and admire your work. You’re home will be looking better than ever.

DIY Gutter Cleaning vs Hiring a Pro

If you’ve never painted before, it can be overwhelming. Hiring a contractor is always an option if you feel like you’re struggling to do the project.

If your gutters are on a second story building, painting your gutters can be dangerous.

Hiring a pro is the way to go unless you have the safety equipment.

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