I am repainting my house and are replacing some rotting woods. I am also
removing old peeling paints, caulks and was wondering when do I apply caulking,
before or after painting?
Thanking you in advance.
I would caulk and then paint, so the paint covers the caulk. The paint will
protect the caulk, and the overall job will look nicer since you'll have a
However, if you use a pure silicone caulk, paint won't stick to it.
Siliconized latex will hold paint.
I caulk first, then prime - be sure you fully prime the new wood - then
paint. Once you prime all peeled-off and new areas, you will better be able
to see cracks/voids you missed, and can do a touch-up caulk then. Try to
keep caulk off lower sides of trim, and other places that allow wood to dry
and drain, after a rain. Get the long-years caulk, don't try and save money
there, and make sure it is paintable exterior caulk.
I really appreciate "ALL" the help and advices. Further, unlike many NG
the posters here are very helpful and I salute everyone here. I am indeed
PS. I replaced the rotting woods on one windows during the weekend and this
afternoon I caulked it. I hope to start on the next window tomorrow. I hope to
paint both windows before it rain.
I think caulk stick longer if the wood has paint on it. Make sure
any new boards and bare areas have been primed, then caulk. Then put
on your final coats of paint. Latex caulk including siliconized latex
must be painted or it will deteriorate.
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