is painter's caulk paintable for 1-2 months

jaansuFebruary 2, 2009

I seem to recall that paintable caulk I have bought in the past was only paintable for a limited time after use. The painter's caulk I now buy doesn't state any limited period of paint application. Is today's stuff paintable even for weeks after drying? I want to caulk some moulding I have put up but it will be weeks before all is patched and ready for painting. I assume I still need to prime caulk.

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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

You do not necessarirly need to prime the caulk and it should be fine to paint whenever you get too it.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 7:24AM
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sierraeast

Most paintable caulks are better suited when used on a primered surface. On bare wood, fill the fastener holes, primer, then caulk before top coating. A few weeks before caulking isn't going to hurt ,but again, should be applied to a primered surface.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 10:11AM
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jaansu

Actually, this will be a primed and painted surface. I'm filling in the cracks along the moulding for a door, abutting wood/drywall and wood/wood interphases. But in any event, it sounds like I can do it now and put a final coat of paint on the whole project once I have finished filling the finish nail holes.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 8:38PM
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mightyanvil

If you wait that long you should clean it carefully.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2009 at 12:34PM
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