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Old 08-15-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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How much do you guys caulk around white trim before final painting? Casing and base?

I have heard of guys running a very thin bead around everything to create a seamless transition. Didn't know if that was normal or not?
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:46 PM   #2
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I have heard of guys running a very thin bead around everything to create a seamless transition. Didn't know if that was normal or not?
What you describe is what we do.

Every crevice gets caulk.

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Every joint.
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Every joint, whether it is white or not. If you don't and there is one tiny bit of open line showing, it looks unfinished.
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Dang, looks like I've got my work cut out for me...

Any particular caulk you're using? DAP kwik seal?
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As nuch as I hate it, I usually caluk all trim to wall intersections.

I prefer stained work, up and done.
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every joint? really?I don't do that,I try to paint fill as much as possible then caulk if i need to on the final coat.. but you know I can see how it would look more seamless
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every joint? really?I don't do that,I try to paint fill as much as possible then caulk if i need to on the final coat.. but you know I can see how it would look more seamless
Not every joint, unless a person sucks at trim work.

I do wall to trim, I hate doing it, but people always complain about their wavy walls when they want painted trim, never say a word when it is stained.

That is now why people who want painted trim pay more for it then stained work.
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We caulk everything before we even put on primer. Then we primer everything, sand and sweep
then go back and hit any voids that are still showing.
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I do the same as camaroman. Caulk everything!

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Yep, pretty much caulk every seam before painting.

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We caulk everything before we even put on primer. Then we primer everything, sand and sweep
then go back and hit any voids that are still showing.
I always prime first, then caulk. I think the caulk adheres better to the primer.
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every joint? really?I don't do that,I try to paint fill as much as possible then caulk if i need to on the final coat.. but you know I can see how it would look more seamless
Seems like caulking some areas but not others would leave a sporadic looking job. It's pretty much standard on every trim job I've ever painted or had painted to caulk every joint. Some guys do it before prime, some after, but if I saw a painter just caulking the areas that "need it" I would throw a fit...
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Dang, looks like I've got my work cut out for me...

Any particular caulk you're using? DAP kwik seal?
I use Big Stretch pretty much exclusively.
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I have been using polyseamseal that my lumberyard stocks.
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Seems like caulking some areas but not others would leave a sporadic looking job. It's pretty much standard on every trim job I've ever painted or had painted to caulk every joint. Some guys do it before prime, some after, but if I saw a painter just caulking the areas that "need it" I would throw a fit...
eww I don't really like seeing it all caulked up..you loose a lot of trim definition..and you better make sure who you are throwing that fit at
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eww I don't really like seeing it all caulked up..you loose a lot of trim definition..and you better make sure who you are throwing that fit at
Depends on who's caulking. Should be a small enough bead that you don't lose any trim definition. And it better be fingered. I've seen guys throw on a nice tiny bead but not wipe it down with a finger, and that does look bad. I don't like caulking as a substitute for good craftsmanship either, which I have seen.
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I am 50 / 50. If the trim is getting painted then I usually caulk the trim, but not always. Some jobs get it others don't, It just boils down to what I think will look the best.

What I avoid is leaving caulk unpainted. I won't caulk the trim if the trim is not getting painted as the caulk may discolor over time.

Robie - how long do you leave the Big Stretch to set up before painting over it? I always leave it at least overnight. It is great caulk.
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All trim thats painted gets caulking. If i install, i caulk too. Then i proceed to cover myself in it
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Robie - how long do you leave the Big Stretch to set up before painting over it? I always leave it at least overnight. It is great caulk.
Yup, I strive for overnight. Strive I said. If overnight is impossible, I'll put a fan on it or in the room and if I'm careful with the brush, can put a coat on after two hours.

I'm one of those guys that tapes before I caulk, so I'm really wiping most of it off before I paint. With tape, I don't mess up the walls or trim by wiping a lot. So, the little amount left to blend any gap dries pretty fast.
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seems that Dap white caulk goes translucent lately

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