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dwatkins8 08-27-2008 02:04 AM

Wrong Caulk
Grabbed the wrong caulk at the store; meant to get "paintable" but instead got "window & door". Is there any way to get paint to stick to this stuff short of scraping it all off? :censored:

AtlanticWBConst. 08-27-2008 06:23 AM

First off, how do you know that the caulking is non-paintable? Is it silicone?

Nestor_Kelebay 08-27-2008 02:00 PM

DWatkins: The chances are that it is paintable. You won't do any harm by trying to paint it.

Most caulks are paintable. About the only caulk I can think of right now that isn't paintable are the ones made of silicone rubber.

dwatkins8 08-27-2008 08:25 PM

Yes it would be silicone rubber. I attempted to paint with latex and it just beaded up and did not stick. I don't even think that acetone will "etch" it so something will stick. When I discovered that I had the wrong caulk I looked at the tube which said non-paintable. What to do . . . what to do!?!?

AtlanticWBConst. 08-28-2008 06:24 AM

Check this out:,00.html

dwatkins8 08-28-2008 06:29 PM

Thanks Atlantic, this is what I need. I have a lot of this to attempt to remove at the ceiling to wall joint on the exterior of my lanai. Better get started! If this does not work out then I will have to consider putting up some type of small ceiling molding to cover it and then paint.

Thanks again for the assistance.

D :jester:

slickshift 08-28-2008 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by dwatkins8 (Post 152171)
...Is there any way to get paint to stick to this stuff short of scraping it all off?

If you clean it well with isopropyl alcohol, then carefully paint with two light coats of Zinsser's BIN white pigmented shellac, you may get carefully applied paint to then stick to it

It's not a guaranteed fix, but I have used this method successfully numerous times

dwatkins8 08-31-2008 12:27 PM

Thank you, Slickshift, I will try this as well. It sounds possible that it will work. Let you know.

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