Paint drips on roofing shingles?


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Old 07-24-06, 03:38 PM
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Paint drips on roofing shingles?

What's the best solvent for (dried latex) paint on (asphalt) roofing shingles? It's been there nearly a year, but it's only now bothering me enough to do something about it. It's a low roof that I can get on pretty easily, and it's plainly visible from the backyard patio, so I want to take a stab at it. I've tried a stiff brush and acetone, but that didn't seem to work.....
 
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Is it possible to camouflage them with paint close to the shingle color? Most anything you use on shingles will likely damage them.

Both 'goof off' and 'oops' are designed to disolve/remove latex paint.
 
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I can't imagine the painting trick would be effective; I just had a patio put in, and the roof is on close display. I'll try goof-off or oops with a dish-scrupper brush and see what happens.
 
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be careful with solvents depending on the age of the shingle and condition...solvents break down things as tar and other petroleum based items....

shingles contain these..it may weaken them
 
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If you do use a solvent, don't pour it on the shingles, apply it to a rag. If you get a lot on the shingles, the likelihood of damage goes up quickly.
 
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Old 07-25-06, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by mitch17
If you do use a solvent, don't pour it on the shingles, apply it to a rag. If you get a lot on the shingles, the likelihood of damage goes up quickly.
thanks for the advice; given the small size (and high price) of the goof-off bottle, I'm inclined to take it easy!
 
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Old 07-25-06, 10:46 PM
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go to a hardware store if you like "goof off" and get xylene...i think that is the correct spelling...basicly goof off is made out of this...xylene would be considered the "non-watered down verison"
 
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xylene is capable of disolving the shingles
 
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i would try the painting idea. our first house had been painted sloppily and paint was on the red chimney bricks. i was able to buy paint that closely matched the red brick & just painted over the blue paint.

how much paint is on your roof? what color is the roof & what color is the paint? if it's white paint on a dark roof, it might be that if you can just tone down the splatters, they'll be invisible from the ground.
 
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Old 07-26-06, 12:01 PM
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the roof is black, the paint is both white and greenish beige. the roof is very low compared to the yard (5 ft?) so the splatters are very noticeable.
 
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You might be able to take flat black spray paint and mist it over the paint splatters. You don't want to completely paint the drips unless you use an artist brush and just color each individual drip.
 
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if the roof is solid black, i'd try the paint. you don't want to wear out the shingles trying to remove the splatters. depending on if it's splatters or blobs, replicate the way it got on there in the first place with how you cover it up. i know i've seen the pro's say they've painted over overspray that got on roofs.
 
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Seriously we keep a can of black spray paint in the work van for those goofs
Even when fresh there's no good way to remove them
 
 

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