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Old 12-10-2012, 09:13 PM   #16
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You can go either way, either cut the paint line where the grout meets the wall, which skips the steps with the razor knife and caulk, or where the grout meets the bull nose tile. If you take the paint edge to the tile, you could also skip the knife and caulk. It would just look better and cleaner if you cleaned up the messy look of the grout, what I'm seeing in the top pics.

The knifing is to make the "line" where the grout meets the bull nose look straight and crisp, like they taped the top edge of the bull nose prior to grouting. The caulking is to fill in some of the pitting and cracking to make it look smoother. Just run a thin bead of caulk right in the center of it and then smooth it with a wet rag, nothing fancy. Then yes, the current grouted area between the wall and the bull nose will be painted, "invisible".

As I said, this can go either way. Some paint that grouted join, some don't. I do it both ways depending on how the grout job is or which way I think it will look better. I just did a bathroom the other day where I left that grout edge exposed around the vanity top backsplash. It's a judgment call.

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You can go either way, either cut the paint line where the grout meets the wall, which skips the steps with the razor knife and caulk, or where the grout meets the bull nose tile. If you take the paint edge to the tile, you could also skip the knife and caulk. It would just look better and cleaner if you cleaned up the messy look of the grout, what I'm seeing in the top pics.

The knifing is to make the "line" where the grout meets the bull nose look straight and crisp, like they taped the top edge of the bull nose prior to grouting. The caulking is to fill in some of the pitting and cracking to make it look smoother. Just run a thin bead of caulk right in the center of it and then smooth it with a wet rage, nothing fancy. Then yes, the current grouted area between the wall and the bull nose will be painted, "invisible".

As I said, this can go either way. Some paint that grouted join, some don't. I do it both ways depending on how the grout job is or which way I think it will look better. I just did a bathroom the other day where I left that grout edge exposed around the vanity top backsplash. It's a judgment call.
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