should I paint interior window caulking?

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should I paint interior window caulking?

I've had new widows installed and on the inside there is a 3/4 inch gap filled with caulking between the metal window and the wooden trim on the window sill. The windows will get condensation build up. I'm painting the wooden trim should I also paint over the caulking? Would painting help repel moisture or does it make any difference? Thanks
 
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Old 09-20-19, 05:20 PM
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3/4" of caulking??? Nice. Is there any way to cover the caulking with trim? It would have to look better than caulk.

Painting it will probably help it blend in and help prevent it from getting as dirty.
 
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Make sure that it is paintable calk!
 
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As mentioned above you need to make sure the caulk is paintable and not unpaintable silicone caulk. Caulking almost always looks better long term with a coat of paint over it. Like X said - 3/4" is awfully wide for a bead of caulking, you may be able to get a better looking job if you can apply a thin piece of trim over it.
 
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Thanks for the feedback. It is paintable caulking
 
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Old 09-25-19, 04:37 AM
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You dont want to paint caulk, it shrinks and when that happens the paint cracks and looks like krap.

The more caulk the more it will shrink!
 
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Once caulk cures it's paintable. Generally unpainted caulking will attract dirt and painting over the caulk helps to prevent that. Normally all the painted woodwork in a house is caulked and then painted over.
 
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Normally all the painted woodwork in a house is caulked and then painted over.
To each their own, this is why they now make soo many colors of caulk, painting is complete then colored caulk is installed and never painted, it provides a much more finished professional look!
 
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If you look closely at the majority of professionally painted houses - the caulk will be painted.
 
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