Can i stain caulk?


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Old 03-14-12, 11:40 AM
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Can i stain caulk?

I recently installed some hemlock trim with the full intent of staining it to match the flooring, but then i caulked the gaps against the floor , wall and 45's, can i stain Alex painters acrylic latex caulk? its white
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Old 03-14-12, 12:40 PM
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Nope....won't work. You might be able to use something like a stain pen to put a top layer on ...but it would rub right off with any bumps.

I'd probably try to get a latex paint in a compatible color and just try that.
 
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dang, well thats what i will do then, get a paint that matches the flooring, thank you very much!
 
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Wait....you installed all the trim w/o staining it first? Uh...thats not really the way its done unless you are painting. Even then it is often primed and painted with at least one topcoat before install.
 
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is there such a thing as a stainable caulk? or maybe i should have used woodfiller...... hmmmm?
 
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No...no stainable caulk that I know of. And wood filler doesn't work well in joints that may expand or contract.

The best you can do is get a good joint and then use a caulk that is close to the color of the trim. Not as vital with paint of course...but with stained trim you need to cope inside corners and really tie outside corners or 45's on casing together. On the last 2, I really anchor the corners and leave a little room between fasteners on the rest of it to allow for expansion/contraction. It's normally not that bad in a controlled environment like a house.
 
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thank you very much, youve been very helpfull!
 
 

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