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I am no no stranger to painting but will admit that I am a jack and not a master.
In the years of experience, I have always installed trim, caulked, filled nail holes and then painted.
Though at times I think it would be easier to paint first then install, I haven't had the guts in fear that with gloss paint of any kind would cause caulk to seperate over time once it is installed. I have seen this done before but, not sure if I agree with this method.
Q: Are there any methods/products out there that would allow for long term quality of caulk adhesion to trim that is painted before installation or is the way I've been doing it corresct?
Thanks for any suggestion,
Pat
 

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Generally the proper method is to prime first then caulk, putty and fill.

The primer fills the surface or open grain that would otherwise draw in the moisture of the caulk / filler product causing it to crack or separate or look like it was less than what was originally applied..

For caulking use a high quality siliconized acrylic like DAP Alex 35. For nail holes use Crawfords Putty or second choice DAP Painter's Putty. If the job is not too big I like to use Durham's Rock Hard Wood Putty in nail / staple holes.

I don't think you'll have any problem using gloss paint like you have described but most of us here use primer because it dries much faster than finish paint and we can then continue with a quality process.
 

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I agree with your response on high end material. I should have specified the use of primed MDF.
Other than priming MDF, are your thoughts the same?
Thanks, P
 

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Yes...... but, obviously after installation, filling nail holes and caulk,
follow up with touch up or even, one more full coat of paint.
 

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Yes...... but, obviously after installation, filling nail holes and caulk,
follow up with touch up or even, one more full coat of paint.
It's nice of you to drop in but I think we've gone as far as we can go on this one.....

Your prospective is not consistent with building your skills or engaging in professional trade practices. This site is for professional contractors who do.

You may wish to try the DIY site that is connected with this forum. Good luck and all the best on your projects.

http://www.diychatroom.com/
 

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