How to paint a gutter

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 19, 2022
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gutter painting

Painting gutter requires a lot of thought and a gutter can consist of different materials.

Gutter painting? Stairs & scaffolding

How to paint a gutter

Painting a gutter is often a job that not everyone likes. And that’s because a gutter is usually high. You’re lucky if a house starts at the bottom with the roof. Then you can paint this with a kitchen ladder. If you have a gutter that only starts at the 1st or second floor, you can call this high. I would then first recommend using a mobile scaffold. Firstly, this is much safer and secondly, you better do your work attentively. Is the weather bad and do you still want to paint the gutter? Then you have RainRoof cover plates for that.

A gutter needs an inspection beforehand.

If you want to paint a gutter, you will first have to make sure there are no leaks. If there are, then solve this first. You can do this yourself or have it done by a professional. After this you will have to look at the top where the zinc is halfway over the gutter. Check there for cracks in the wood or beading. If you notice cracks there, you must first fill them with a 2-component filler. If you see that the paint is peeling, scrape it off first with a paint scraper. Also check that there is no wood rot present. If this is the case, you must first perform a wood rot repair. When you have completed the above points, you can start painting. Of course, degrease and sand the wood beforehand. When you have painted the bare parts in the primer, you can start painting. Make sure you use a moisture-regulating paint. After all, a gutter is often damp and the moisture must be able to escape. You can also use a one pot system. You can use this paint as a primer and as a coating. This paint is also moisture-regulating. This system is also known as EPS. The last tip I would like to give you is that you should never seal the seams between the gutters and the wall. The water cannot escape from the stone and finds its way to the wood. This will cause the paint layer to peel off. So never do!
A gutter is often damp in the morning. Wait until it is completely dry and then start preparing. I hope I have provided enough information. If you have any questions about this topic, please leave a comment below this article.

Thanks in advance.

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I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.