Maybe it's not possible to paint on a non-paintable silicone directly but it’s quite possible to paint. Now you are thinking how is this possible? Well, think of it, if you can remove the chalk over it, then replace it with paintable and paint it! It sounds simple right? So, here we are today, to discuss how to paint over non-paintable Caulk.

Every Caulk is not the same. Durability, paintability, price differs from one another.
Here are some caulks you can choose.

1. Latex caulk:

For painting purpose, it is the best option available for you. It can be used to filling small holes, cracks etc. Latex caulk is also known as painter caulk. It is ideal for interior doors and windows. You can use it indoors or outdoors.

2. Silicone Caulk:

It supposed to fill the gaps and holes in doors or bathtubs etc. most of the silicone caulk and not paintable. It is hard and durable. It is also Mildew resistant. Most importantly, it Works best on nonporous surfaces.

3. Adhesive Caulk

It is designed to stick wood, tile etc. Its benefits are it is highly elastic and paintable. And it is easy to clean.  

How to Remove Non-Paintable Caulk

It is wise to be sure before painting over your Caulk. Is it paintable or non-paintable? Because it is not pleasing to spend time to remove it later. Not all caulks are created with the same ingredients. Some caulks are created from silicon, and that is not paintable. If you try to paint over silicone caulk it won’t be a wise thing to do. Many people use silicone caulk because of its durability and water-resisting trait. Before painting non-painting caulk should be removed. But, not to throw it to the garbage yet. Because with a little grease and utility knife it can be back on track again.

Things You Will Need

  • Gloves
  • Sealant remover
  • Utility knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scraper or putty knife
  • Clean cloth
  • Abrasive pad
  • Bleach

First step

Take a utility knife then put it under the caulk bead and slowly try to remove the Caulk from the joint.

Second Step

Pass the knife to the opposite side of the bed and try to cut the bond from its joint until it is fully released.

Third Step

At this stage, the Caulk will start releasing from the joint then slowly pull out the Caulk from the joint.

Fourth step

New Caulk does not adhere to a residue. From where the Caulk was removed, use sealant remover to that joint.


  • Don’t forget to use gloves when you use a utility knife
  • Make sure enough ventilation when you use sealant remover
  • At the time of using a scraper, avoid scratching or damaging drywall
  • To resist mildew spray joints with bleach
  • Use a scraper to remove dry Caulk

How to Paint Over Non-Paintable Caulk

Not every Caulk is paintable, you know. And carpenters are not very careful about it. If it happened to you already not worry then. You have several options left.

  1. 1
    The first option is to remove the silicone caulk from joint carefully and recaulk with a paintable caulk. But it’s not that easy to be honest. Because silicone is hard and strong to be removed.
  2. 2
    The second option for you is to paint the silicone caulk with a paintable caulk. It is better. The paintable Caulk will grasp the silicone caulk totally, and you can paint over the paintable Caulk easily.
  3. 3
    Use a shellac spray and paint over the non-paintable Caulk. Now, replace the Caulk with paintable silicone. Paint sprayer for latex paint can be challenging to work with.

Here, we will the procedure step by step:


Buy a bottle of shellac spray primer: you can find it in home improvement centre or paint shop easily. Before buying, be sure it is shellac spray primer applicable for any surface. Shellac spray primer is very sticky and durable. And obviously, it is the best option for silicone caulk to get prepared for painting over.

N.B: there are numbers of the brand to who buy shellac spray primer. If you do not know well about it, take suggestions from an expert or simply ask the shop kipper.


Mix it well: before applying the shellac spray, shake it vigorously 10 to 12 times. Because, if it is not well mixed, then it will not stick well to silicone caulk.


Spray the Caulk: spray over the silicone caulk you want to repaint. Now paint over the paint in small busts. Hold the nozzle of the bottle 3-4 inches away from the silicone caulk. If there is anything around the Caulk you don’t want to paint over later then cover it up with something so that you have not got a primer on it.


Wait for dry: After spraying, let’s wait for 45 to 50 minutes to dry the shellac primer for ready to use. You can repaint it now. It is always better to check the label of your shellac can because it varies among brands. But most of the cases it does not take more than 50 minutes.


Repaint: now you can paint over the primed area. You can paint 1-2 coats over the shellac primer. Any paint is applicable over shellac primers such as oil-based painting or latex painting. It is enough to coat once to cover shellac primer, but if want has an extra coat, then you can apply it after the first coat dried.


So, before putting Caulk, you need to be very careful. Check the labels and if needed, ask the shopkeeper or carpenter. It is not a very pleasing experience to repaint or to remove the silicone caulk.

There have some options to paint over non-paintable Caulk. If it happened to you already, don't worry then.

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