Insulated metal panels come in a wide variety of options. And lucky for us, the majority of insulated metal panels come pre-finished. You may have even been told that these surfaces never need to be painted again! While the factory coatings on these surfaces are durable, nothing lasts forever. Over time, they can chalk and erode, leading to fading of color and a loss of gloss. In extreme cases, the underlying metal can be exposed and rusting may occur. Begging the question…can insulated metal panels be repainted?
Repainting Insulated Metal Panels
That’s right! Insulated metal panels can indeed be repainted and restored back to their former glory. It just takes a little work:
- Surface Preparation: As with all exterior projects, proper surface preparation is paramount. Begin by thoroughly cleaning your metal panels of all loose dirt, chalk, and other contaminants. This can be done by hand washing with warm, soapy water or with the use of a high-pressure washer.
- Apply The Paint: There are many different types of factory applied coatings used on metal panels. Most wear down to a surface that will allow repaint coatings to adhere to the surface. A test patch is recommended before applying your paint to the entire surface. You can use acrylic latex paint or oil-based alkyd paint; just make sure you buy one that is specifically designed to paint a metal panel.
- Pro Tips: Sometimes you may need to prime the surface, which will ensure that rust will not creep through and that the paint will stick. You may need a roller designed for corrugated panels, or to make things easy an airless paint sprayer will apply a clean, even coating of paint along the entire surface. A sprayer will also get the job done in a fraction of the time and use less paint as well.
Now that you have all of the information you need, it’s time to begin the painting process. Either hire a professional to help you out or grab a friend and the necessary supplies, and you can get started.
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