|Forum topic by Kelly||posted 03-15-2014 11:53 PM||692 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-15-2014 11:53 PM
I’ve painted numerous house exteriors. Of course, every one required prep work, like caulking indentations, cracks and things like gaps at the sides and tops of windows. Several required a case or more of caulk.
Even a few tubes of caulking can remove the hide off a finger, or several. Going through a case of caulk on a job is a sure way to remove the hide from every finger and both thumbs.
I tried cutting the tips out of canvas gloves, wetting them and swapping them as they wore out. It sure beat using your fingers, or wearing out pairs of gloves.
On a recent job, I had to use two cases of caulk and I was working coarse, weather beaten cedar. I knew using wiping techniques would leave smooth spots at each application, and without protection, my fingers were doomed.
On a whim, I grabbed a one inch chip brush, which I buy by the box, and cut it down so only about an inch of bristle was left. This resulted in a stiff brush, but with enough flex to follow the grain of the wood.
Applying the caulk with a moderately stiff brush produced results that followed, or duplicated, the wood grain, but still pushed the caulk into holes and gaps. Too, I had none of the usual, unsightly smooth spots you get when you wipe the caulk in. Though I applied two cases of caulk, my fingers were as good as when I started. I did, however, wear out the first brush and most of the second.
Since first trying this method of applying caulk, I use it religiously, unless the application calls for a smooth fill.