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Batzwnapalm2

08:53AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 03/01/04
10 lifetime posts
Bvroofing
The roof of my mothers house was just done this fall. Now the aluminum siding on the second floor (the first floor is brick) is now looking ugly and dirty. They have been there since I've been born (27 years). They look solid condition. I was wondering, can I just wash them with a high pressure jet? The one I was given as a gift is 1400 psi. Is there anything I should look to do also to help clean them up. Any chemical or just plain soap and water. Hopefully thats all it needs and not a paintjob.

carlbrown

09:10AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
A deluted mixture of muratic acid and water. It will kill the grass/flowers and so on.

tomh

09:22AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I disagree with using muriatic acid on the aluminum siding. Its corrosive, and has personal hazards. Pressure washing will wash off dirt, Trisodium phosphate may help clean if dirt contains soot or grease, and will remove chalk from the paint. The aluminum siding can be painted in good weather to restore look to new. That is probably what is best after this much time, and cleaning is recommended preparation.

carlbrown

10:10AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
I didn't say to use it on the siding. Just on the brick. Your statements are right it is. But used in the right way it will clean the bricks. The siding is new and makes the brick look bad.

carlbrown

10:28AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
Sorry I misread it.

Batzwnapalm2

11:18AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 03/01/04
10 lifetime posts
Sorry for mislead. I was talking about the aluminum siding on the house. That is getting old. And yes there is a bit of white chalk to the paint. But I always though it was because old paint (when it was used back then) has a chalkness to them since they where such poor quality.

The brick could use a good cleaning also. I guess another project for spring. While we are at it. What would you recommend for removing paint off brick walls? The bricks have alot of paint splatter around. I do my best to avoid paint splatter when I paint but my uncles was not um a bit more careless.


carlbrown

11:24AM | 01/18/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
Do you have a tool rental place near you? A small sand blaster or paint thinner. The paint thinner could leave a residue.

Batzwnapalm2

05:01AM | 01/19/05
Member Since: 03/01/04
10 lifetime posts
Thanks I have a homedepot rental nearby. I can rent a sand blaster from them.
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