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Tips for efficiency with caulking and painting

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  • #477833
    Jpg-woodworking
    Pro
    Tallahassee, FL

    Hi guys, I’m looking for some tips on getting better quality finishes in less time. I do a lot of built-ins and furniture and finishing them out always takes much longer than it seems it should.

    Filling the nail holes with putty goes quickly, but caulking takes awhile and creates a mess, even with a drip less gun, wiping up often with the blue paper shop towels, and cleaning my hands often as I haven’t found anything better than a finger for smoothing fillets.

    Using a trim roller for painting has sped up the time I spend painting the inside of cabinets and shelves, I’m not sure if the masking and cleanup of using a sprayer would be worthwhile.

    Thanks for any input.

    #477836
    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    I dont spray personally. It just takes time unfortunately. One thing I have gotten into the habit of doing with trim and certain things is to put a coat on before I install it. Then I can just caulk, putty and top coat with faster results.

    Sorry thats all I got

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #477837
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    When caulking I keep a damp rag to keep my finger wet and clean. It also helps to keep the caulking from making a mess.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #477840

    One thing is to make sure the tip is cut small . Plus don’t use cheap guns for caulking .

    Always willing to learn .

    #477851
    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    When caulking I keep a damp rag to keep my finger wet and clean. It also helps to keep the caulking from making a mess.

    Definitely. A wet finger keeps the caulking from sticking. Depending upon the the type of caulk, I’ll sometimes use soapy water. Caulking is an art form. It takes a while to get moderately proficient at it without making a heck of a mess.

    Have you considered finishing the pieces prior to assembly? No inside corners to slow you down..

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    #477853
    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    One thing is to make sure the tip is cut small . Plus don’t use cheap guns for caulking .

    Ahhhhhhh, make the tip small. Dont ya just love how most of the guns have a short poker not long enough to stab the cartridge with a small hole at the nozzle.

    Then your scurrying around for a piece of stick or romex. lol

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #477869
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    One thing is to make sure the tip is cut small . Plus don’t use cheap guns for caulking .

    Ahhhhhhh, make the tip small. Dont ya just love how most of the guns have a short poker not long enough to stab the cartridge with a small hole at the nozzle.

    Then your scurrying around for a piece of stick or romex. lol

    Or that the guns poker it to fat and makes me the hole larger than you wanted.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #477870
    Jpg-woodworking
    Pro
    Tallahassee, FL

    I have considered doing finishes before assembly on furniture, with built-ins I often build them on site, so painting as I go isn’t an option. My major hesitation is that I glue most of my pieces together, and I just don’t trust the glue sticking to a sealed surface rather than absorbing into the wood. Perhaps this is an unfounded fear.

    #477928
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    When caulking I keep a damp rag to keep my finger wet and clean. It also helps to keep the caulking from making a mess.

    I like it Ron, I keep a small cup of water with me to dip my finger in to keep a wet edge. It makes for a much cleaner finish.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #477947
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    I gotta link @utopia78 in here, he came over and did some caulking at my place and it was amazing, i don’t think i’ve seen anyone do better. It was better then pro as i had another contractor over to help me with something else and that contractors caulking wasn’t as nice as what chris laid down.

    #477973
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    When caulking I keep a damp rag to keep my finger wet and clean. It also helps to keep the caulking from making a mess.

    I like it Ron, I keep a small cup of water with me to dip my finger in to keep a wet edge. It makes for a much cleaner finish.

    Caulking is not my strong suit. Never comes out like I would like it to. I keep my finger wet and it helps but still wish I was better at it.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #477988
    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    When caulking I keep a damp rag to keep my finger wet and clean. It also helps to keep the caulking from making a mess.

    I like it Ron, I keep a small cup of water with me to dip my finger in to keep a wet edge. It makes for a much cleaner finish.

    Caulking is not my strong suit. Never comes out like I would like it to. I keep my finger wet and it helps but still wish I was better at it.

    It was never mine either but after 800 houses later you get pretty good at it 🙂

    #478004
    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Saliva works better than water, just not the most appealing approach.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #478008
    RonW
    Moderator
    Holladay, Tn

    Saliva works better than water, just not the most appealing approach.

    It does work well. But after a little while I get tired of the taste that is left behind. lol
    I had an older contractor tell me one time to add a little dish soap to water for cleaner joints.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #478012
    utopia78
    Pro
    Toronto, ON

    I gotta link @utopia78 in here, he came over and did some caulking at my place and it was amazing, i don’t think i’ve seen anyone do better. It was better then pro as i had another contractor over to help me with something else and that contractors caulking wasn’t as nice as what chris laid down.

    Thanks Aaron! Didn’t an animal stick it’s paws right into it after we finished and left for the day? How’s the seal, everything looking good?

    A Working Pro since 2004

    #478015
    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    Saliva works better than water, just not the most appealing approach.

    It does work well. But after a little while I get tired of the taste that is left behind. lol
    I had an older contractor tell me one time to add a little dish soap to water for cleaner joints.

    Yeah a luggie works best hahahah if you have to double dip your saliva the taste is not healthy.

    Dish soap is nice and slick. It works well but how often do you have that on you.

    They say mineral spirits but honestly anytime I tried it, it was a nightmare. It thins out the material gets loose and sloppy.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #478016
    utopia78
    Pro
    Toronto, ON

    Saliva works better than water, just not the most appealing approach.

    It does work well. But after a little while I get tired of the taste that is left behind. lol
    I had an older contractor tell me one time to add a little dish soap to water for cleaner joints.

    Soapy water works great! I’ve been told to stay away from dish soap with lemon or orange in it. It’s more likely to break down the sealants with the citric acid. Could be a wives tale but makes some sense.

    Yeah a luggie works best hahahah if you have to double dip your saliva the taste is not healthy.

    Ya, ingesting this on a regular basis may be life limiting.

    One thing is to make sure the tip is cut small . Plus don’t use cheap guns for caulking .

    Isn’t that the truth. For sausage style guns I have found COX to be a really nice gun or Newborn Brothers.
    http://www.cox-applicators.com/
    http://www.newborncaulkguns.com/

    Nice thing about a sausage gun is you can changed your tips on the fly for different bead sizes.

    A Working Pro since 2004

    #478051
    brianpeters
    Pro
    Murray, KY

    I have never seen one of these sausage guns, I’m assuming it takes a special cartridge?

    #478059
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    I gotta link @utopia78 in here, he came over and did some caulking at my place and it was amazing, i don’t think i’ve seen anyone do better. It was better then pro as i had another contractor over to help me with something else and that contractors caulking wasn’t as nice as what chris laid down.

    Thanks Aaron! Didn’t an animal stick it’s paws right into it after we finished and left for the day? How’s the seal, everything looking good?

    Lol yah a cat or something walked on it right after and left a mark. It held up great over the winter.

    #478062
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    One thing is to make sure the tip is cut small . Plus don’t use cheap guns for caulking .

    Ahhhhhhh, make the tip small. Dont ya just love how most of the guns have a short poker not long enough to stab the cartridge with a small hole at the nozzle.

    Then your scurrying around for a piece of stick or romex. lol

    One thing I always have a round is a piece of wire coat hanger.

    I keep a small container of water close by also.
    One thing I’m not good at is a decent bead of caulk. The second gun I bought must have been quadruple the cost of the first cheapo I owned. It will give a consistent push in the tube.

    “If you don’t pass on the knowledge you have to others, it Dies with you”
    — Glenn Botting

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