Decorating advice please, decorators caulk and painting?

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Found 9th Mar 2010
Hi on advice from HKKDers i have used decorators caulk to fill in the gaps between the wood on an internal door. As well as a few bits this involved filling in all down the sides from top to bottom. I put the caulk in no problem although next time would probably make the nozzle a little thinner but when i came to then paint the door i found it difficult to keep a straight line.
I now have another door to do and am thinking of painting the door first as the wood is slightly away from the plastered wall so it would be easy and then filling in the caulk afterwards. Would this be a sensible thing to do or would it be messy. It just seems it would be easier to paint whilst i have the gap from the wall rather than once the gap is filled in. The caulk itself is white so wondered if my idea would work.

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it will be ok if eiher the door or/and the wall is being painted white.

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The Fox;8058237

it will be ok if eiher the door or/and the wall is being painted white.



Thank you thats what i was thinking. I will give it a go.

you are still best to do the caulking first as it will dry with a matt finish which if your wood work is satin or gloss will stand out (only a little just depends how picky you are). best way to do if youre a bit shakey handed like me is to do your caulking first then do your gloss on the wood (dont have to be majorly neat) then you use masking tape around the door frame to get a straight edge to paint up against. then when you remove the masking tape you have a lovely straight line

Caulking is part of the preparation so i would Caulk first and wait for it to dry and then use masking tape.. Or other than that keep of the drink to keep a steady hand. :thumbsup:

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Jimston;8058314

you are still best to do the caulking first as it will dry with a matt … you are still best to do the caulking first as it will dry with a matt finish which if your wood work is satin or gloss will stand out (only a little just depends how picky you are). best way to do if youre a bit shakey handed like me is to do your caulking first then do your gloss on the wood (dont have to be majorly neat) then you use masking tape around the door frame to get a straight edge to paint up against. then when you remove the masking tape you have a lovely straight line



Maybe painting the gloss first after caulking will help i must admit i did my walls first then glossed. it should be easier putting masking on door. Thanks.
One of my doors is in a dark area and not seem much so i might just try the painting first then caulk for that one door. just so i can compare.
Thank you for all your help guys its very much appreciated.:-D
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