How To Paint Your Existing Metal Roof

How To Paint Your Existing Metal Roof

Metal roofing is fantastic for its longevity and stylish design. If you have a metal roof, you probably already know how many benefits it provides. Sometimes, though, the color of that roof isn’t exactly what you were going for. Is there anything you can do about that? The answer is yes, but there are a few things to know before you head up the ladder to get started. We’ll walk you through how to paint your existing metal roof so that you can do it safely and efficiently.

Can You Repaint Your Metal Roof?

The answer here is that, yes, you can. In fact, this applies to almost every type of metal roof. If you recently got your roof installed, though, you should give it about six months before you start any repainting so that it can accumulate some wear and tear.

Before Painting

Your roof sees a lot of use, and many things can accumulate and make the painting process more difficult. You’ll want to keep an eye out for things like mildew, chipping paint, dirt, and grime so that you can focus on those areas when you power wash the roof. You can also use a diluted vinegar solution to remove any leftover paint oils.

Choose Your Paint Type

You’ll need to make sure you’re using the right kind of paint. If your roof is bare metal, or if it already had a coat of paint that you want to go over, your best bet is acrylic latex paint. Another option would be a combination of oil-based paint and a galvanized metal primer.


If your roof is steep or particularly tall, you’ll definitely benefit from using a paint sprayer to reach those difficult areas. If you’d rather do it by hand, you can buy paint rollers made for corrugated metal that will help you cover the roof much quicker. In terms of how many coats you apply, the number is really up to you. It depends on the look you’re going for, so just use your best judgment to decide when you’re finished.

Knowing how to paint an existing metal roof will help you decide if it’s the right decision for you. Distinctive Metal Roofing provides the highest-quality Ohio metal roofing in the area, and we always want to make sure you’re satisfied with our product.

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