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Old 02-05-2010, 03:02 AM   #16
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I will also chalk some ceiling lines that are SLIGHTLY cracked with paintable chalk. Hit it first with the ceiling paint then cut in with the wall paint, no tape should be needed. You do not put the chalking on AFTER the paint, unbelievable.Hope and hope it is not silicon


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Old 02-05-2010, 05:57 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Faron79 View Post
Although THIS particular painters' caulk-lines were REALLY crappy (My Samoyed puppy could've done better than that...!)

Many GOOD painters up here do it too. It really dresses-up the vertical corners, since "square" corners are rare...
I don't use much....just enough to give the corner a slight "rounding". This makes a cut-in easier IMO. I use good-ol' ACE Painter's-caulk.
I often suggest to our stores' clients to consider caulking their inside-corners, as well as the obvious caulking around wood trims, etc.
Some have come back and thanked us for the suggestion..."No one else has ever suggested that" one guy said!

It works!

Yeah, I have been known to caulk to even out things and provide better lines and wall to ceiling transitions, to repair plaster cracks in the same region, or as others have suggested to give an airtight look to gaps between trim and walls and ceilings. But I use paintable caulk blended so you would never know it was there and then paint over it. I have never caulked after all is done and left something looking as bad as shown in these pictures. Frankly, I have never seen anything like this before.

I too hope it is not 100 percent silicon.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:00 AM   #18
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I also do this, usually when there are persistent cracking issues in a corner. But yes it is always done before painting, not after in a lame attempt to hide your bad cut-ins.
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Wow...I am getting quite a response for my very first post! Thank you everyone - you have given me the confidence to tell my contractor that this is unacceptable. For your reading pleasure, here is what my wife sent to him:

Thank you for coming over and going over the final items which needed
addressing with my husband. Our only remaining concern is that of the
caulk issue. As a test, my husband worked on a section of ceiling/wall
joint using only tape and a brush and the result was a clean/sharp
cut-in (before/after picture enclosed). This is how we would like the
crew to make the joints look.

We know the weather will be pretty bad this weekend, but whenever your
crew is able to come over - which is possibly next week following the
snow - we can make arrangements.

Thank You

And here is the before/after pic I enclosed:

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Old 02-06-2010, 09:52 AM   #20
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I am just having a hard time beliving that they caulked after they painted and though they were one. Did they patch th walls right after painting too ??


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