Learn how to replace silicone caulk with paintable latex caulk. Find out why you can't paint silicone caulk.
LESLIE: Pamela has got a painting question; actually, a painting – about a non-paintable surface. What’s going on?
PAMELA: Actually, we picked up the wrong tube of caulking when I was caulking my shower and I put 100-percent silicone caulk that is non-paintable and now I need to paint the wall and, of course, nothing is sticking to it. Is there anything that you can wipe that with that would make paint adhere to it?
TOM: No, you’re not going to make the paint adhere to the silicone but what you could do is replace that silicone . You want to use a product called a caulk softener and it’s available from a number of different manufacturers and basically it’ll make that caulk easy to take off. It works on acrylic, it works on butyl, it works on silicone. You’re going to want to scrape out that old silicone caulk and then replace it with a latex caulk that’s paintable.
TOM: That’s the best way to handle the situation.
LESLIE: Because you’re never going to get paint to stick to it otherwise.
TOM: Pamela, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.