How to remove elastomeric paint

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How to remove elastomeric paint
Elastomeric paint is commonly used to seal stucco, and is difficult to remove. (STUCCO WALL image by Tatiana Belova from

Elastomeric paint is a rubberised type of latex covering that forms a positive weatherproof seal over anything that it covers. People commonly use it to weatherproof materials like stucco or brickwork, forming a nearly impervious seal of protection. Because it is so durable and hardy, you will find it extremely difficult to remove once it has been painted on. Removing elastomeric paint is labour-intensive no matter how it's done, and the more people available to help, the faster the process will go.

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Things you need

  • Paint scraper
  • Screwdriver
  • Drywall knife
  • Drill with paint-removing abrasive disk
  • Utility knife
  • Pressure washer
  • Chemical paint remover

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    Scrape the paint off using either a hand-held paint scraping tool or an abrasive paint-removing disk on a drill. This is the most labour-intensive way to remove elastomeric paint. If possible, enlist the help of friends and relatives.

  2. 2

    Peel off strips of elastomeric paint with your hands. You literally can peel off large strips, which is particularly easy if the paint is older and cracked. On newer painted surfaces, make slits in the paint and insert either a screwdriver or a drywall knife and pull up an edge that someone can grab. Pressure wash all the stubborn areas that don't readily peel.

  3. 3

    Strip elastomeric paint with a chemical remover. You can choose among several types to brush on and dissolve the elastomeric coating. Once you dissolve the coating, you can pressure wash it off or peel it away.

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