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How to Clean & Paint Metal Gutters

Metal gutters are a wonderful addition to any home. However, if you have older metal gutters, you may have noticed that they need a good paint job. After cleaning and painting your metal gutters, you'll be ready for any winter or spring storm that comes your way.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • Hose and hose nozzle
  • Oil-based metal primer
  • Oil-based paint
  • Paintbrush
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    • 1

      Protect your hands by wearing gloves, and be sure the ladder is level before climbing it.

    • 2

      Remove large debris from your gutters, beginning at major downspouts and working away from them.

    • 3

      Use a hose and hose nozzle to flush away small debris with water.

    • 4

      Apply an oil-based metal primer. Do not skip this step, as primer will help the paint stick and will make paint bubbles less likely to occur. Allow the primer to dry.

    • 5

      Apply the oil-based paint with a paintbrush. To get the best results, apply the paint within 48 hours of applying the primer.