How to Caulk Walls for Painting a Room

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mark Osbourne founder of Manor Works Painting discusses how to caulk walls for painting a room.

    Mark Osborne

    Mark Osborne is the owner and original founder of Manor Works Painting. After working his way through college running the painting operations of student-based companies, Mark went on to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship. While in school, Mark saw an unmet need by many homeowners. No company was offering year-round painting services in a consistent and professional manner. The idea behind Manor Works was born. In 1998, Mark started Manor Works on the principle of providing homeowners with consistent levels of quality on a year round basis. Over the last 10 years Mark has worked to build Manor Works into a full-service painting company servicing metropolitan Washington D.C. Mark intends to grow the company geographically and recently began an expansion into the North Carolina market. Mark continues to be interested in concepts he studied in school and is exploring the possibility of franchising and licensing.

    Hi! I am Mark Osbourne. I am the Founder of Manor Works Painting. Manor Works Painting is the largest residential only painting company in the metro area and we are celebrating our 10th year in business.

    Today, we are talking about painting in the interior of a room. We have already finished our sanding, which is second step in the surface preparation process and we are ready to move on to the next step, something called caulking. Caulking is a type of product or sealant used to seal seams and cracks that exist, where surfaces meet. In this case, we are going to be using a siliconized latex based caulk. In this case the area where the baseboards and walls meet, does not need to be caulked because it that was done recently, but there are other areas that need to be caulked.

    In this particular case, we are going to be re-caulking, where the panels of this door meet where some seams and cracks have developed. Caulking is applied with the caulk gun and the first step is to cut a small opening at the tip of caulk at a 45 degree angle. Then simply hold the gun at a 45 degree angle, pull the trigger and apply a small bead of caulk along the seam. The key is to not apply too much product, which would then have to be removed. Once the caulking has been applied, we would like to smooth it out either with a finger or wet rag. For an interior situation a latex siliconized caulk would probably be the best. Once the caulking has been complete, now its the time to move on to the next step in surface preparation process, something called priming.