How to Paint Over Silicone Caulking

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  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • $0-50
What You'll Need
Putt knife
Small paintbrush

Paint doesn’t adhere to silicone caulking well. But, that doesn't mean adhering paint to silicone is impossible. If you’ve already used silicone-based caulking in an area you’d like to paint, there are a few things you can do to make the paint adhere better.

Step 1 – Sand the Caulking

Because paint won’t easily stick to silicone, you must first roughen up the silicone surface with heavy-grit sandpaper. Make sure you don’t pull all the silicone up or off; just make the surface rough.

Step 2 – Apply Spackling Compound

Paint will easily stick to spackling compound. Apply a thin layer of spackling compound over the roughed-up silicone. If you don't have spackling compound on hand, consider making a homemade spackle. Then, apply the spackle with a putty knife. Allow the compound to dry completely.

Step 3 – Paint Over the Silicone

Once the spackle has completely dried, you can paint over the silicone. Use an oil-based paint for the best results. Eventually, the paint will peel from the silicone, but it should last 3-5 years. Take your time while painting. Paint in short sweeping motions with a small paintbrush, so that you can see your work as you go and catch any areas you may need to sand and spackle again.