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Old 07-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #16
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Caulk question: Paint first or caulk first then paint?


Wow, thanks for all of the great replies! I will think about the 1/4 round while I spackle some holes.

I think the cracks are due to settling, but I'll find out more when I strip out the old caulk.

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Old 07-05-2013, 09:49 AM   #17
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Ok guys, here is my update. I started pulling off the caulk with a razor blade. It looks like the caulk was just used to "finish" the gap between the shelf board and the dry wall. It doesn't look like there is a drywall seam underneath.

As I was carefully peeling the caulk, I tore some of the drywall paper.

What is the best way to handle this? I know (from past experience) that painting over the tear will not hide the ridge. I was thinking of trying to feather it using medium grit sandpaper. Or perhaps using drywall compound to smooth it over.

This is all a learning process as I am trying to improve my skills.

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I ended up using drywall compound to smooth it out. Will sand once dry!

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Definitely caulk first. Once prep is done then go ahead and paint.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:42 AM   #20
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No, most caulk actually needs to be painted. It will do nothing but collect dirt and yellow over time.
"Most" caulk? Which caulks yellow and which do not? Obviously any horizontal surface, whether coated with paint, caulk, or nothing will collect dirt.
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"Most" caulk? Which caulks yellow and which do not? Obviously any horizontal surface, whether coated with paint, caulk, or nothing will collect dirt.
Please go back to your plumbing forum or wherever it was you came from.
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There are some different chemistries of caulks, and also some differences among paints. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so make sure the caulk sticks to what it's going to be on top of.

If you want the final appearance of a uniform coat of paint, then put the paint over the caulk, verifying first your paint sticks to your *cured* caulk.

If you want the final appearance to be that of a bead of visible caulk of some color, then make sure your caulk sticks to your paint.

Some elastomeric caulks are 100% solids, and chemically cure, which takes time (data on the label). Some are a latex-type and water must evaporate out (usually 10-40 hours) before you should lay paint over.
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Please go back to your plumbing forum or wherever it was you came from.
Strong reply. I can tell you know your caulks really well.
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Strong reply. I can tell you know your caulks really well.

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Nice to see we have the same members engaging in the same kinds of whizzing contests as always. "Pssstttt - hey guys,
To the OP, you can caulk before or after painting. Period.

I've had to caulk - after painting - behind window casing that was installed on poorly finished drywall, leaving upwards of 1/4" gaps. Casing painted white, and white caulk. I taped both the wall, and the casing, caulked then smoothed it, then removed the tape. Perfectly straight lines on both surfaces, and a very happy home owner.


In regards to the 1x4 in your closet, if you're painting it the same color as the wall, I'd suggest either caulking it first. Or if you're happy with your sanded mud edge, don't caulk it at all.

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See post 18, this job was finished 15 days ago
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we would use painters caulking 1st to a nice smooth finish...then paint...ben sr

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