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Old 04-12-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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the best way to get smooth pro type caulking

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I will go with - Practice!

And a good finger technique and a wet rag .

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Finger works best, but keep a wet rag in one hand to keep finger moist.

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What type of caulk? Where's it going?

Taping can work well, as can some of the caulking "gimmick" tools. As can a finger.
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been doing it over 40 years and haven't found anything better than a damp finger to smooth it. just make sure to wipe your finger off after each pass. i only use a wet finger on the first pass.
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If silicone, them "damp" with water won't help much.
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NEVER ( did I say never? yes I did) use 100% silicone on ANYTHING that will EVER get painted.
Was there anything about that that was un clear???
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brushjockey i just finished siliconing all the baseboard and casing in my house. what would you recommend for paint?
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Nuclear fission?

Did you use a pure silicone ( does NOT say paintable...)
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purrre 100percent silicone and i think i'll use behr 2 and 1. im told its the best paint on the market by 9 out of 10 painters
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brushjockey i just finished siliconing all the baseboard and casing in my house. what would you recommend for paint?
Why would you do that? Not the silicone part, I mean the caulking part? Neither casing or base molding needs to be caulked, so why did you do it?

I see this being done more and more these days and it was never done in the past. Whats the purpose?
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purrre 100percent silicone and i think i'll use behr 2 and 1. im told its the best paint on the market by 9 out of 10 painters
Your waaaaay out of date use the new Glidden it's 3 in 1 paint, primer, and filler.
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or also wood glue with food coloring haha!

i was kidding about what i did. but most ppl caulk the baseboard and casing to get rid of the black line/crack between the trim and the wall. then paint the caulking and it gives it a better looking finished product.
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The kinder and more gentler me wishes to return us to the question of the OP before some of you others get in trouble.

Smooth caulking requires good tools. Invest something more than $2 in rickety caulking gun. Get a nice one with smooth ratchet action and that swivels 360. The material will flow nicely and predictably and you will not be cursing and jump around like a chimp trying to get spent cartridges out.

Cut the tip at an angle and start with a smaller opening. Make it larger if it is not outputting enough material. With practice you will know what you need.

For applying paintable caulks I would shy away from tape and gimmicky tools. Finger and cloth works as well as anything.

As suggested, think twice before using 100 percent silicone for anything and whether you plan to paint or not.

I use wire nuts to seal open caulk tubes.
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I know I am going to catch it for responding to your question, as I am not a "Professional" Painter. Having been in the field of construction all my life, I have learned things from those that really are professionals in many trades, and I took the time to learn from them. Here is what I have learned about caulking:

1. Buy a decent gun like an Albion 139-3CP The thumb latch on this gun, and its design minimizes run-on significantly. Good sealants are expensive today, and the cost of the gun will be returned in short order by the amount of sealant you save.

2. Sealant should be pushed, not pulled. This takes some getting used to, but it really makes a difference.

3. And this is the big one that really yields those professional looking results. Use a 1/2 inch round spatula to tool your sealant. and peel the sealant like you are scraping it at about a 15 degree angle to the bead. Scrape off the excess as it builds up on the spatula.

Thats it. Good luck

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