Remove sealant on trim


Old 11-02-08, 02:46 PM
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Remove sealant on trim

When I went to paint our white window trim a dark color, the paint wouldn't stick. It became obvious that the previous owner applied some sort of clear sealant (most likely to deal with a problem with the windows leaking). It's not caulk, as it covers the face of the trim, stop, etc. and is very thin; not something I can peel off.

Any idea what he most likely used, and how best to remove it?
Sanding isn't a good option because the trim and stop are colonial with a lot of grooves that would be hard to preserve. Perhaps some sort of chemical sealant/paint remover would do the trick?

Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 11-02-08, 05:03 PM
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You might try and see if a deglosser will wash off the contamiment. Be sure to fold or change the rag out enough so you don't loosen it and just smear it around. You'll want a little fresh air ventilation too.

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