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How to clean sealcoating off house...

This is one of those experiences that is ironically funny when it is not you. However, my subdivision had a sealcoating company scheduled to come though and sealcoat driveways for anyone who needed to get it done. Well, My neighbor and I happened to be the first ones on the list. I dont know if you have looked outside, but it is raining. Yes- this means that all the fresh sealcoat has now washed down the driveway and is in the drain! In the process, we got a nice little seal coat backsplash on our home, garage, and trim.

Since the driveway was a lost cause, we washed off the garage and house the best we could. We also tried to wipe down some areas, and we had no minimal success. Now, I have seal coat and what looks to be a yellow/brown residue on my garage door. Does anyone have any idea of how remove this stuff and get the garage/trim white again?

On a side note, I have spoken to the sealcoat company and they are coming out to re-seal the driveway. I explained the issue with the back splash, and they said they have some things they can try to get it off. I am not too confident about their ability to do so, so any suggestions for improvement will be great.
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I am a first time home buyer. I can see painting over the wood trim, but what about the garage? Can you paint these things? If so, what type of paint do you use, and does it need to be primed?
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I am a first time home buyer. I can see painting over the wood trim, but what about the garage? Can you paint these things? If so, what type of paint do you use, and does it need to be primed?
hit up Suh-C for paint questions, the man is awesome. As for primer, if you prime it, you will always get the most consistent results. I prime everything before I paint it. It adds an extra step, but gives me the color I purchased (instead of the previous color bleeding through) and it also helps to make the old paint stay longer. As for what type of paint, I am pretty sure you need a specific outdoor paint, and just get a thick nap roller and roll it on. But once again, I would ask Phil (suh-c) about that question.

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I am a first time home buyer. I can see painting over the wood trim, but what about the garage? Can you paint these things? If so, what type of paint do you use, and does it need to be primed?
What type of siding is it? Cedar, Aluminum, vinyl...

Gas on a rag might do it. Try a small spot first. Don't use it on vinyl siding.

Mineral spirits also may work.

What ever you use, try a small area out of site first.

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The siding is vinyl, but we have some wooden posts in the front that hold up the porch. Both have a little seal coat on them. I am assuming the garage is aluminum.
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The siding is vinyl, but we have some wooden posts in the front that hold up the porch. Both have a little seal coat on them. I am assuming the garage is aluminum.
I'd start with mineral spirits first. Any hardware store carries that. Gasoline may damage the vinyl.

I'll bet you'll still end up with a yellowish stain though.

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You may have luck with a company that does steam pressure washing.

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You may have luck with a company that does steam pressure washing.
I hadnt thought of that. I will definately have to look into it more.
If not, it looks like I might have to put a fes coat of paint on my garage door.
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Uhm they're supposed to use some sort of piece of cardboard or something to keep that from happening. I'd contact the HOA and complain to make the people who did that come out and fix the problem before going out and maybe making it worse yourself.
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Uhm they're supposed to use some sort of piece of cardboard or something to keep that from happening. I'd contact the HOA and complain to make the people who did that come out and fix the problem before going out and maybe making it worse yourself.
It was raining so bad that all we did was hose down what we could. I already spoke w/ the company and they are coming out in the morning to try cleaning it. Given the scenario, I dont have a lot of confidence in their ability to do this successfully. That is why I am trying to see what other alternatives there are.
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It was raining so bad that all we did was hose down what we could. I already spoke w/ the company and they are coming out in the morning to try cleaning it. Given the scenario, I dont have a lot of confidence in their ability to do this successfully. That is why I am trying to see what other alternatives there are.
First things first. It was their carelessness that caused this in the frist place right? Let them try to resolve it first. If they half ass it THEN go to HOA. If all else fails and you somehow end up doing it your self you'll have to use a good oil based primer to seal then repaint. You can paint over previously not painted surfaces such as your aluminum garage door (which probably has some sort of paint on it from the factory anyway) but the problem is you may have to do that whole side of you house as you probably will not be able to match just the bottom portion to the rest of you house with paint. New paint will always look fresh compared to the rest.
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I would try a product called "goo gone" you can get it at any hardware store or places like wal-mart, and it should be safe on all your wood/alum/or vinyl, I have to use that if i get any roof tar on siding and it works good, and as far as i know it won't dissolve any of your existing paint. Another similar product is "goof off" you can get that at places like Home Depot or Lowe's.

Otherwise the only other choice you have is to buy a new house.
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I would try a product called "goo gone" you can get it at any hardware store or places like wal-mart, and it should be safe on all your wood/alum/or vinyl, I have to use that if i get any roof tar on siding and it works good, and as far as i know it won't dissolve any of your existing paint. Another similar product is "goof off" you can get that at places like Home Depot or Lowe's.

Otherwise the only other choice you have is to buy a new house.
Goof Off is specifically designed to remove old dried latex paint. Goo Gone is weaker and may work but if his paint surface is pourous nothing will get it off.
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

To provide everyone w/ an update, they did come out last week and try their hand at cleaning things up. After about 2 hours of power washing the garage, they were able to clean things up fairly well. There is still some cleanup that they need to do on the actual woodwork, but they were able to clean the garage, sidewalks, and most of the siding. They are going to be coming back out this week to finish up w/ the wood- which they will most likely repaint.
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I've been trying to get someone to come out to sealcoat my driveway all summer. Nobody will come out if there's even a sliver of a minute chance of rain. We'd set something up and they'd keep postponing because of rain and we wouldn't even get a drop. Yeah, we've gotten something like a 1/2 inch since May. Never had this problem in years past. Stupid boonies.

I'm surprised they coated yours with a threat of rain. Unless it was a freak storm.
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A lot of people were saying the same thing. If I understand correctly, it only takes 2 hours for the sealcoat to be firm enough to stand walking on and dealing w/ the elements. Rain wasnt supposed to come until mid afternoon that day. They were at my place at 8, so I think they were trying to get it in before the rain hit. Unfortunately, the rain came at 9.
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