Hibiscus, Palm Sago, and Daylilies

Anonymous added on June 10, 2011 | Answered

My husband recently was spray painting our deck with exterior paint. He didn't bother to cover the plants around the deck and needless to say they got a spraying of paint. Will the paint kill the plants? Is there a way of removing it after it has dried?

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Answered on June 11, 2011

Depending on the type of paint, it should definitely be removed. You could try wiping it down with rubbing alcohol to remove the paint or a product called Graffiti Go, which is probably less harsh on the plant. Once removed, you'll need to wet down the plants thoroughly to wash away any chemicals that may be left. Alternatively, you may just want to trim off the painted foliage.

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