Recaulking the whole exterior

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Old 06-10-20, 09:54 AM
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Recaulking the whole exterior

Hello,

I hope you are all well.

I've noticed that the caulking all around the exterior of the house, primarily around windows and exterior trims, is coming apart.

What are the steps to follow to best redo it, and the most effective products to use?

Recently, the roof guy put a transparent caulking around some parts, but I am not a 100% convinced, since I can see below the previous caulking cracked in half.
I'm sure it is sealed, but it doesn't look nice.

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Old 06-10-20, 09:59 AM
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Excellent brands are Solar and Quad.

Need to remove what you can, doesn't, and probably cant, be all the old material but the more removed the better!
 
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Old 06-10-20, 12:39 PM
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What you use really depends on what you are caulking and whether or not you will be painting or not. If you are still painting your windows and siding, you usually want to use a latex caulk so that it is easy to cut out and replace later. But if you have permanent siding, steel or aluminum, for example, and your windows are aluminum clad, you wont be painting, so you might use one of the caulks that marq mentioned. You definitely do not use silicone if you plan to paint over the caulk.

Solar and Quad are both good caulks, but they are a bear to remove... which is not always a good thing. For instance, if you caulk storm windows on with those types of caulking you might as well kiss them goodbye if you ever need to remove them. You will bend up the storm window before it comes apart. So there are times when you use latex, and times you don't.
 
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Old 06-10-20, 03:41 PM
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Thank you both for the advice.
I probably won't be painting over the caulking, the windows are aluminum clad.
I wonder what type of caulking the roof guy put over the original cracked caulking.
Is there a way to easily find out?
Should I try some paint on an inconspicuous spot?

 
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Old 06-10-20, 04:56 PM
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A lot of roofers use clear Solarseal 900 or clear Geocel 2300. Not sure what difference it makes at this point. Yes, you could certainly paint it.
 
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