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How do I change the color of silicone caulk? Paint over it? Caulk over it?

My back door was caulked yesterday.  Prior to the handyman coming, I bought caulk (tan) to match the side of the house.  However, I forgot to put it out for him and he used the white caulk that was out.  I need to match the side of the house.  It's a silicone caulk, not latex.  Can I paint over it?  If so how would I go about that, as it's hard to do from what I hear.  Or...can I apply a thin layer of tan caulk over it? 

 

What do you think?  I need to fix this problem as my house is on the market.  Help!!

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Posted 2013-10-15T12:50:48+0000  by 1962 1962
 

WOW 1962!

 

The best laid plans ...

 

You are so right!

 

Silicone caulk cures to a hard rubber bead that is designed to repel weather, water, and numerous other contaminants ... including the next coat of paint.

 

Latex (water-based, water clean-up) caulk is paintable, but silicone rubber caulk is not.

 

So, you have three basic choices:

 

1) Remove and re-caulk ... neither inexpensive nor fun, but certainly a better repair;

2) Use an oil-based primer over the silicone until you get an even coat, then paint ... a brittle surface that will fail later; or

3) Use a thin layer of latex caulk over the silicone ... also not a great repair, but a short-term solution.

 

None of these are great solutions.

 

However, you might try a hybrid of number one and number three.

 

Layering latex on top of silicone may show as a visible lump, so remove the exposed layer of the silicone with a razor knife and then apply latex caulk into the seam.

 

This will require additional time and labor, but will result in a paintable surface that looks more natural.

 

CAUTION:

When working with cutting tools like utility knives, always wear protective gloves.

Posted 2013-10-15T13:41:13+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
 
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