caulking the baseboard


Old 01-27-09, 01:00 PM
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caulking the baseboard

The walls and baseboard are painted but I need to caulk the baseboard. Don't really have any issue touching up the baseboard as it's white and the caulk blends in well with it but the walls are a rich deep base color. When I did the crown the caulk smeared on the wall to where I had to go over and retouch . I did not want to do that with the baseboard if at all possible.

What's the best way to get the caulking done without have to retouch the wall paint?
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Old 01-27-09, 01:07 PM
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I've always found it best to caulk prior to painting. The caulk will adhere better if it's pushed [when you wipe] into both the wall and the trim.

If you are carefull and can lay a nice straight bead that needs little or no wiping, you can get by without touching up the wall. Use a wet/damp sponge or rag to help you remove any caulking that gets up on the wall.
Old 01-27-09, 04:33 PM
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Put some painters tape on the wall. After you tool the caulk peel the tape off.

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