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Old 11-22-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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Silicone Caulk Removal

I inadvertently used silicone caulking for the crown molding. Unfortunately, paint will not adhere to it. Now I have to remove it which is not a pleasant task. I purchased a silicone gel remover from Lowes which requires 3 to 5 minutes setting time along with a tool used to remove caulk. Several applications are necessary. However, the job is extremely tedious. I'm wondering if there is a more effective product available than what I have. Please advise. Thank you


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Old 11-22-2010, 10:31 AM   #2
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Hey cbarnettesq1.

You are absolutely right about the thought that removing silicone caulking is tedious. I actually work at the Home Depot here in the Atlanta area - in the paint department, and I get this question a lot. Rather than removing the caulk I recommend priming over the already applied caulking. This will adhear to the silicone as well as giving you a solid surface for your paint to grab hold of. Just to be on the safe side, use a solvent based primer (such as: oil, shellac, or alcohol). You will only need to apply it over the caulk, so try using a small sash brush (1.5" or 2") to save time.

Have fun and let me know how it works out.


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