accidentally got paint on enamel gutters


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Old 03-28-09, 04:15 PM
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accidentally got paint on enamel gutters

A friend, I hired to paint my trim, accidentally got latex paint on my baked-on enamel gutters and then proceeded to paint them entirely. Now they are painted, unprimed and I'd prefer to take the paint off without damaging the enamel that's already baked on. Is that possible? If not, what should I do next to keep the paint from cracking and peeling?

 
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Old 03-28-09, 04:35 PM
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You maybe able to remove the paint with a gas driven pressure washer (red tip). I certainly wouldn't try it any other way.
 
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Old 03-29-09, 04:42 AM
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It isn't likely that the latex paint will crack or peel on the gutter as long as the gutter was clean.

Products like 'goof off' and 'oops' are good at removing small amounts of latex paint. I don't know how effective they are over large surfaces but I'd be leary at using anything stronger.

As mentioned, a pressure washer might also work although care must be used so you don't eat through the factory paint or force water under the shingles or thru any soffit vents.

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If you did try the goof-off/oops route you'd have to do it at a time when direct sunlight was not hitting the gutter surface and it was not hot from previous exposure as heat and sunlight exposure would cause the solvents in the product to evaporate too quickly.Regular paint removers would likely effect the original gutter finish as well as the latex.

It well may stay on but the best thought might be to wait and see if it does or not.It would be far easier to remove once it had started peeling or cracking than before that had begun.

A lot depends on just how much of the guttering is painted versus not and what it looks like.If it doesn't look bad but is patchy you might be better off painting the rest of the guttering to match.
 
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The pressure washer won't eat through the factory paint. I pressure washed a house including the gutters and they were fine. In fact, the gutters were the best looking thing on the house.

Use goof off if you have six or seven weeks to kill.
 
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I have worn thru the factory paint on gutters and aluminum siding before so it pays to be carefull when pressure washing.
 
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Is the paint cracking and peeling? Or are you anticipating that they will crack and peel?

Factory finished gutters are painted with acrylic latex all the time and last forever. Unless the gutters were too glossy or dirty, I would think the paint will be fine.
 
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anticipating

No, it was just done so they're not peeling yet. I was just anticipating that they would.
 
 

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