How to Repair Aluminum RV Siding

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Many recreational vehicles are installed with aluminum siding, as aluminum is known to be durable and weather-resistant. This aluminum siding installed on recreational vehicles is the same aluminum installed on homes, so the damages are similar on both. The damages on aluminum siding usually include dents, scratches, corrosion and fading. These disfigurements can be caused by weather elements, improper maintenance or minor accidents while traveling. Fortunately, these flaws can be easily repaired with the proper tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Power drill
  • Drill bit, 1/8-inch
  • Washer
  • Self-tapping screw, 1-inch
  • Pliers
  • Medium-grain sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic latex paint
  • Steel wool
  • Water
  • Roller brush
  • Pop any dents out of the aluminum siding by first drilling a 1/8-inch hole in the center of the dent with a power drill. Attach a washer to the end of a 1-inch self-tapping screw, and then insert the screw into the drilled hole. Grab the washer with pliers and pull to remove the dent.

  • Repair any scratches on the siding by lightly sanding the scratched area with sandpaper. Apply a metal primer on the scratch using a paintbrush and let the area dry. Paint over the primer with an acrylic latex paint matching the color of your siding.

  • Remove rust and corrosion from your aluminum siding by rubbing the problem areas with steel wool. Use a paintbrush to apply metal primer over the areas to prevent further corrosion.

  • Remove faded areas on your aluminum siding by spraying the siding with water. If the faded areas still remain, repaint the siding with a high-quality, acrylic latex paint with a flat finish using a roller brush. Choose light- or medium-colored hues to camouflage any imperfections in the siding.

Tips & Warnings

  • Completely remove any residue from the steel wool, as remaining bits can cause corrosion to the siding.

References

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