Don’t forget the painter's caulk!

Using the best painter's caulk for your project

Painting can be a time-consuming job, so you will want to apply painter’s caulk to make sure you get the best results. Applying paintable caulk is important for both functional and aesthetic reasons. Our handy guide explains why.

Why do you need to use painter's caulk?

Caulking your borders is an important part of painting that people sometimes overlook. It’s a small detail that makes the difference between adequate and great work. During indoor painting projects, painter's caulk is important primarily for aesthetic reasons. It creates a smooth, gap-filling bond with a professional look on wall joints, baseboards, and crown molding. We recommend Loctite Painters Caulk for in-home applications. This versatile paintable caulk withstands minimal joint movement, making it friendly with countertops and other trim.

From paintable silicone caulk to paintable exterior caulk, different types of painter’s caulk have different functions. For example, you can use latex painter's caulk to seal out water and prevent damage caused by leaks, humidity, and mold. This makes it the perfect sealant for windows, doors, bathrooms, and other moist areas. Therefore, if your painter’s caulk needs to serve a specific purpose, you need to keep it in mind when selecting your product.

Where can you use painter's caulk?

You can use painter's caulk on almost every building material, but you should always read the product information when selecting your paintable caulk to make sure it can bond with the substances you are using. Here is a list of the most common surfaces:

  • dry wall
  • brick
  • wood
  • masonry
  • plaster
  • metals
  • concrete

Not every painter's caulk can withstand harsh elements. For tough outside jobs, make sure to use paintable exterior caulk designed to stand up to extreme weather conditions.

How to apply painter's caulk to wall joints

Preparing your wall joints and applying painters caulk is simple. Here’s how to complete this easy diy project.

  1. Remove old caulk and clean the borders where you want to apply the new paintable caulk.
  2. Apply painter's tape to both sides of the joint to guarantee neat and even bead lines.
  3. Cut the tip of the caulk tube to the desired bead size and puncture the cartridge.
  4. Insert the cartridge into the caulk gun and test your bead on a disposable surface.
  5. Apply the paintable caulk in a steady stream along the joint, starting in a corner.
  6. Smooth the bead with a wet finger or tool.
  7. Immediately remove the painter's tape and allow the caulk to dry completely before you begin painting.
  8. Clean up tools and excess painter’s caulk immediately with warm soapy water and a cloth. You can gently remove cured caulk with a tool.