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Old 08-27-2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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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?

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

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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.
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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!?!?
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Check this out: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/askt...597906,00.html
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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.

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...Is there any way to get paint to stick to this stuff short of scraping it all off?
Maybe.....
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
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Thank you, Slickshift, I will try this as well. It sounds possible that it will work. Let you know.

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