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Mstrlucky74 05-13-2013 07:09 AM

Caulking mouldings
 
All my crown, base and trims are up. Any tips on how best to caulk all this neatly a d without ruining my newly painted walls? Thanks

SPS-1 05-13-2013 08:09 AM

Painters tape along the wall, will help greatly in getting a consistent bead. You only need a small bead to make it look nice. Really it depends on the color of your walls. If they are near white, you can add the caulk and it won't show.

joecaption 05-13-2013 09:09 AM

Really small hole in the tip of the tube, appy the caulking, wipe with your finger, then wipe down with a damp sponge.
Biggest mistake people make is trying to apply to much caulking and just waste it. Only need enough to fill the tiny gap, there should be none left on the trim or the wall.

Mstrlucky74 05-13-2013 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SPS-1 (Post 1178186)
Painters tape along the wall, will help greatly in getting a consistent bead. You only need a small bead to make it look nice. Really it depends on the color of your walls. If they are near white, you can add the caulk and it won't show.


Thanks.....the walls are beige

jagans 05-13-2013 08:11 PM

I have heard this before, but why do you need to caulk that joint? WHy would your trim be that far off the wall? That caulk is going to discolor in a short time, and be a PIA if you want to repaint later. Even if I caulked in the bathroom, I would not use painters tape. The caulk will stick to it, and peel away leaving a mess IMHO.

valcarmo72 05-13-2013 08:25 PM

I agree..just fill the small crack. I moved into my home and spent a ton of time removing so much extra caulk from all the moilding. It looked horrible. Painters tape and a damp sponge with warm water leave nice smooth edge.

SPS-1 05-13-2013 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by jagans (Post 1178767)
Why would your trim be that far off the wall?

The trim won't be that far off from the wall, rarely more than a 32nd. But the gap is visible. A light bead of caulking fills in the gap and makes it look 100% better. You don't need tape, particularly for baseboard, but you might want to consider it for crown, when you are working 8 feet or more off the ground, and trying to work around things like staircases and cabinets, etc.

joecaption 05-13-2013 09:16 PM

Painted trim always needs to be caulked, I'd avoid taping at all cost. It will end up peeling some of the new paint off and will make a mess of the caulking when it's removed.

princelake 05-13-2013 09:48 PM

i agree do not use tape! i cut a small hole just large enough to fit the poker on the caulking gun in on roughing a 45. i turn the tube so the tip is going on top of the base and not up on the wall. i then run my finger along the top of the base. wetting your finger can help with the process but dont lick to often haha! you can get little container of water to dip. once the caulking is dry i get out a good firm angled sash paint brush and i paint the caulking line. its a little tricky at first but the more you do the easier it gets. you just try and run the bristles along on the top of the base and i wipe the extra paint on the rest of the base where you nailed it on. the caulking is never the same color as base and it gets a dirty look after a year or so. painting gives it a perfect finished look and its well worth the paint and patience doing it.

Amateuralex 05-14-2013 07:37 AM

I use a bucket of water and a washcloth. Use a very small bead, wipe it smooth with the washcloth, then rinse the washcloth off in the bucket for your next wipe.

zakany 05-14-2013 10:59 AM

I use the wet finger method.

That didn't sound right. :no:

kimberland30 05-14-2013 11:07 AM

Hahaha Zakany :)

Like others have said, a small bead and a wet rag, finger, sponge, whatever. It's all about the angle of the tip and pressure on the trigger.


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