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03-15-2014 11:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: caulking painting paint

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.


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#1 posted 03-16-2014 02:41 AM

This is the first Posting.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#2 posted 03-16-2014 03:03 AM

Thanks Rick

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#3 posted 03-16-2014 03:05 AM

Chip brushes come in handy and in your case, saves the fingers also.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-16-2014 03:54 AM

My Pleasure Kelly. & Thank You for saying “THANK YOU”

Good Manners are a Rare Commodity around here these Days.

OH! Maybe I should be Thanking Your Mom & Dad? ...HUH? .... LOL…

Have A Good One!!

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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