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toocheaptohire 02-10-2013 11:43 AM

Best paintable and toolable caulk?
Finishing some trim work - I've installed primed door and crown trim that I will paint white, and I need to caulk a few seams (I prefer the seamless look). I did a HUGE trim job in the master last year (1x4s on ceiling, window, crown and base trim) and used a paintable caulk that tooled nicely with just some water and my fingertips. Thought it was a GE product, and bought another tube of what I thought was the same (and paid up for it, having the learned the lesson earlier about cheaping out on caulk - NEVER AGAIN). It's not the same - doesn't tool well at all. Tried a Lexel caulk - a little better, but not great.

What do you recommend I try next? Thanks.

joecaption 02-10-2013 11:55 AM

I use Alex 230. Apply, wipe in with a finger, then wipe again with a damp sponge.
Biggest mistake people do is use to much calking and just go back and have to wipe it all back off. There's is no need to have it all over the wall or trim, only need it in the gap.

woodworkbykirk 02-10-2013 01:23 PM

precisely its only there to elminate the thin black line where wood meets drywall. cut a very small tip too. no more than 1/16" and sand the edges of the tip so it glides smoother

dap by "alex" is the only thing i use from them.. their exterior caulkings are garbage

Dave88LX 12-28-2013 07:51 PM

I have some DAP Alex Plus that I've been using. I also have a tube of the Alex 230. The 230 says it's a sealant. I'm looking for a caulk to use around door casing, jamb, and the top edges of base molding.

joecaption 12-28-2013 07:54 PM

Use the Alex 230 for all your trim.

Dave88LX 12-28-2013 08:12 PM

OK excellent. I guess toss the rest of this Plus I have? hahaha.

chrisn 12-29-2013 04:53 AM

This is the ONLY caulk you should be using.....

Dave88LX 12-29-2013 10:02 AM

I've seen a lot of good things about that stuff too.

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