Mike asked: Is there any way to remove latex paint from roofing shingles? I dropped a paint brush (beyond the drop cloth area) and have white latex paint on a shingle or two.
Removing latex paint can be a challenge, especially when trying to avoid any damage to the surface of shingles. Shingles are covered with tiny bits of rock that gives it a unique look as well as adding to its strength. Follow these guidelines to remove the paint safely.
You Will Need:
- Latex paint remover (ex: Oops)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Plastic wrap
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Paint:
- Begin by blotting the painted area with a cloth moistened with the chosen paint remover.
- Avoid scrubbing the area as this can lead to damaging the rough surface.
- If using rubbing alcohol, you will need to cover it so that it doesn’t evaporate before it has time to work.
- Apply a good amount of alcohol to the surface.
- Cover the area with plastic wrap and tape it down around the edges.
- After setting on the stain, the alcohol will cause the paint to liquefy.
- When the paint is liquid again, blot it away with a clean cloth.
- Clean the area thoroughly with a mild detergent and water mixture.
Additional Tips and Ideas:
- If the paint is still wet, simply wash it away with detergent and water.
- If the paint is not removable, consider painting the tiny splotches with a matching color to help them blend in.
- Shingles can easily be replaced if necessary, and the fix will be more permanent than painting.
- Though it’s desirable to fix the spill immediately, the paint will eventually wear off when exposed to normal weathering.