Caulk or Paint, what should come first!
This is a universal dilemma among the people who are rookie in this field.
I was not different and had some dilemma a couple of years ago. So, going to the experts, I've learned what should come first and why.
I will share you the detailed guideline what I have learned by doing repetitive mistakes and finding solutions.
As there are key differences between indoor and outdoor caulking sequences, I am going to explain these two in separate subheadings.
Outdoor Caulking & Painting Sequence
Exteriors can quickly be dirty and filled with lots of harmful substances. When you caulk first in the exterior and paint afterward, you'll see specks of dirt are sticking to the surface area. Removing that dirt will be harder than the ordinary caulk removal process. Because you've to remove paint first before the caulk.
So, it is good to do the painting first and then caulking to ease future maintenance works.
With caulk on the paint, you'll have to remove the caulk only and replace it with a new one, when necessary.
With the benefits, I should say the negatives also. When you caulk after the painting, guess what will happen?
It will not be pleasing to your eyes. The caulk residue will be visible on the surface and will ruin your exterior design.
If you want both pleasing design and ease in future maintenance, you should go for a professional home improvement guy who can guide you to attain your objective.
Now that you know both the pros and cons of this sequence, you should be able to decide the best possible solution for your exterior.
Indoor Caulking Sequence
Internal surfaces are likely to be protected against the polluted air materials and other harmful substances. So, the suggestion would be the opposite of what I've told in the earlier subhead.
Putting the caulk before the paint is useful when you want to hide the caulk from the people for a better look.
But if the surface is not protected and is exposed to the harmful materials, then you should follow the exterior caulking sequence.
Is There Any Way to Look Better Applying The Exterior Sequence?
It depends on various factors. The main factor is the budget. If you are good to spend a lot of money on the maintenance, then you can go with the outstanding look you desire to happen at your home.
I, personally, don't think spending a lot of money just for an absolute finish on the exterior make sense.
Another thing that you can do is using paintable caulk on the surface so that you can easily hide the caulk when needed.
Finishing with a story. I had a little desire for outdoor dog home, and I ended up making a nice one hiding the caulk with the paint. After a year or so, the house was dirty, and I hired a professional dog home builder to make it cute-like-new.
After doing the renovation, I stumbled with the bill what the dog home improvement guy put on my hand. It was almost the same as the new caulking and painting bill.
If I have missed anything here or you want any specific answer about the topic, leave a comment in the box below.