Nothing looks worse than a crack in between
decorated surfaces as it will really draw your eye to it and make the job look unfinished.
For example this wall has been painted with a mist coat, but at the top there is a gap
where the wall meets the coving. If this is not fixed before the final coat of paint it
will make the job look awful. Gaps around door frames also look bad and require caulking
before decorating. This also applies to gaps above skirting boards. Decorators caulk is excellent for filling
small gaps before painting or decorating. It can often be painted over within one hour
and will stay flexible unlike many fillers that can crack with movement. You can often get decorators caulk in a few
different colours. In this video I am using white and magnolia, but both of them can be
easily painted over. Decorators caulk is normally only suitable
for indoor use. If you require a similar product for use externally that you can overpaint
you can get some hybrid silicones which are over paintable. Sometimes you only need to fill some small
gaps as in this demonstration with this coving. It’s simply a case of applying some caulk
and then smoothing it using a wet finger. When caulking the important bit is cutting
the nozzle on the caulk tube to the correct size, so for small gaps you need to cut a
nozzle with a small exit hole and for larger gaps you need a larger nozzle hole. The gap between the door frame and wall is
a little wider and so I have cut a wider nozzle. I’m using white caulk for this as the door
frame is being painted white afterwards. Firstly I have checked that there is no loose material
in the way. I’m now applying a bead from top to bottom, if you miss a bit and leave
a gap make sure you go back and cover it before smoothing it off. Because this is a larger
bead there will be a lot of excess caulk when smoothing it off so I’m now spraying the
caulk with the water and soap solution. This will prevent any excess caulk from sticking
to the wall or the door frame when I’m smoothing it off. Again I am wetting my finger before
smoothing off the bead. The corner of this room has some obvious damage,
it’s impossible to fill a gap like this using paint and so it’s best to caulk it.
Using a filler is not a good idea as it could crack due to any movement.
Again I am running a bead of caulk from top to bottom. I’m now spraying it with the
soap solution before smoothing it off with a wet finger. In about 1 hour this can be painted over.
In this demonstration I am caulking all the way around this room with a small bead of
magnolia caulk, so I have cut a nozzle to have a small hole. I’m applying the caulk,
then spraying my finger with the soap and water solution before smoothing the bead. I hope this video has been useful and if it
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