Removing paint from weather stripping?

happygardener23April 10, 2014

Two days ago I had a painter come in and do some painting of the exterior of my home, including painting my front door white (previously painted a rust color). Unfortunately, in addition to painting the door he also painted the "weather stripping" material around the perimeter of the door frame, where the door contacts the frame. Because he painted both surfaces, they now stick together whenever we close the door, even though we provided ample dry time before closing. Additionally, when we forcibly pull the door open, the paint gets pulled off of the door in the areas of contact, revealing the rust-colored paint beneath and generally looking awful. The paint also pulls off the weather stripping and sticks to the door.

I contacted the painter and he basically said oops and that he painted the weather stripping because it had some of the rust-colored paint on it and looked unsightly (I'm not sure that I recall that, and it doesn't look that way underneath as the paint is pulling away and sticking to the door, but I guess I'll have to take his word). He said he hoped that once it dried it wouldn't be a problem but obviously he was wrong. He said that we can try to remove the paint from the stripping or replace the stripping and he would then come back and sand/touch up the door.

The stripping is old (about 30 years) and in good condition and I think it will be difficult to replace (the painter said he's never seen stripping like it). I'm thinking that my best option is to try to carefully remove the paint from the stripping, but I'm not sure what to use that won't damage the stripping material or the painted areas around it.

I'm hoping to put my house on the market within the next 4-6 weeks and have a project list as long as my arm. I had actually hired a painter (woo hoo) to help and now I'm left with another project on my list as a result (boo!) If anyone has suggestions I'd really appreciate hearing them.

*trying to attach photos of the weather stripping-I'm pulling it forward to show how it "accordions"; the door with paint loss, and the door with paint transfer. Hope it works.

ETA: The weather stripping photo shows the area with the most "unstuck" paint. The majority of the weather stripping is still completely paint-covered.

This post was edited by happygardener23 on Thu, Apr 10, 14 at 11:05

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Other photo

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 10:54AM
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final photo

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 10:55AM
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The painter is an idiot. I was going to suggest you have him remove the paint - but he would probably screw up the job more.

I think it would be best to replace the weather strip. I can't tell from the picture, but is the weather strip fastened to the wood frame? You should be able to get something at HD, etc.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 1:39PM
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oh, that's awful. The painter should either come remove the paint from it and repaint the door, or replace the weatherstripping free and repaint the door. It's HIS MISTAKE. It also doesn't even look like he sanded/primed the door before putting on the new color. Once you get the paint off, or replace the weather stripping and repaint the door, don't close the door for a full 24 hours. Then, before you do, dust the weather stripping with cornstarch (if it will adhere a dusting), or a thin coat of silicone lubricant, so it wont stick to the paint. You could also try lining the door seal with wax paper if you need the door shut sooner rather than later. In fact, I'd close it with eax paper for a full week, it just looks like that rubber seal is going to "grab" paint, especially since the door wasn't sanded and primered. That looks like basic refrigerator door seal, it shouldn't be impossible to replace, but might not be easy to find in a roll, as most fridges use pre-made-to-size gaskets... but that sure looks like refrigerator seal to me. If you REALLY want to try to clean this yourself and not replace it, I'd try just using a flannel cloth in very very hot water with dishsoap in it, and just rub rub rub, if it's a latex paint and that's a rubber/vinyl seal, that should work. If it's an enamel, I think it's just trash, hopeless, anything that would dissolve the paint will probably melt the rubber/vinyl. Perhaps the best solution is to convince the painter to come REMOVE THE WEATHERSTRIPPING, and scrape/sand/prime/paint the door frame and door again, then tack on new weatherstripping over the fresh paint. He probably can't mess up painting a flat door frame too badly. Unless it's a different color on the other side of the weatherstripping... in that case, just do it yourself and write bad reviews for that painter.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 11:09PM
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