How do I paint a metal roof awning?

Paint a Metal Roof or Awning

Project Scenario

Doug owns a bank building with a metal awning over the entry way. How do you paint the metal awning?


  • Pressure wash to remove dirt, grime, chalk, and other contaminants.
  • Sand to remove and loose paint and feather edges.
  • Clean with mildew retardant solution if necessary. Let dry thoroughly.
  • Scuff sand if coating is high gloss and wipe off sanding residue.


  • The pitch of the roof or awning must be greater than 2/12. If it is not, you will need a roof membrane system (not available at Rodda).
  • If, on the current roof or awning, water beads up like on waxed paper, do not paint. Paint adhesion will likely fail.

Caution! Things to consider

  • Roof or awning must have slope, as paints will blister with standing water.
  • Maintaining a wet edge while painting is critical.
  • Wind can affect overspray drift distances.
  • If roof or awning is non-ferrous metal, use XIM UMA as the primer.
  • Please read manufacturers instructions prior to coating.
  • Check substrate temperature prior to coating. Try to avoid painting in direct sunlight. Overcast days work best.

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