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Old 08-29-2018, 11:07 PM   #1
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I searched back posts and tried to find what i am looking for. couldn't . we have been loaned out to another crew doing commercial stuff. Usually we use the lighthouse caulk, but these guys use a sherwin brand non-shrink caulk. It s just been slightly frustrating to me because I feel like I have used the lighthouse so much that i have it dialed in pretty good. The non shrink caulk seems stickier to me and I am having a harder time making a smooth triangle corner, like on door jam where three angles come together. I know that it is bugging me way more than the specs at this job come with , but it bugs me that just a change in caulk can mess up my speed so much. At a very basic level my question is; how do you folks make a smooth corner with caulk on door jambs ? How do I get faster at this? The prep on the last one I did in 40 hours. That was the spackle, sand, caulk , doors off and stood up, bathtub and windows masked, and taping the d** hinges.
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i use my pinky in tight corners and use pointer, middle and ring for long stretches(alternating to prevent finger tip fatigue). i like to lay a relatively small bead and push my pinky directly into the corner to set it in then do a small drag down, clean pinky with a damp rag, pinky to corner again then drag horizontally. repeat if it doesnt look smooth, helps to use a clean digits.
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I start by caulking a small section, say one side of a jamb. Then I wipe everything with a wet not damp finger. I keep a 2.5 qt pail with about 4 washcloth sizes rags and about an inch of water in the bottom, sI I can constantly clean and re wet my finger.
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Very similar to Vylum, except I discovered using a grout sponge recently instead of a rag. I dunno why, but it keeps my hands much cleaner so it increases speed. Of course, 5 of water is kept nearby to quickly clean the sponge.


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I use sponges too. I cut tile sponges in half, keep it in one hand while Im caulking, mostly just to keep my finger wet. Im in the habit of wiping excess caulk right on the tube. Its messy and sloppy, but it significantly speeds up the process.

I used to do tracks. I would Pull, and label doors, caulk spackle putty, and prime the trim in a one story house by myself in one day. That also includes masking showers and windows. The next day, I would sand the trim, spray it with the enamel, then come back with a block brush with the wall paint thinned in half with water. (The walls and trim were same color, different sheen, so Im just putting a thin layer of flat paint over the overspray. Also, We used the flat wall paint as the trim primer, so were touching up walls as we're priming). Quickly run the brush around all the jambs to cover the enamel back to flat. I'd then have two hours left in my day to go find an exterior crew and help them finish their house. If it was a two story, The first day I would prep, the second, I would prime the trim, spray the doors, and sand and finish the trim, cut back the walls.

Do it every day for a few months, and you will get lightning fast. All in all, one day to spray walls. One day to prep. One day to finish the trim and doors, then one day later on for touch up.
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You could take a 1" Purdy dale , and put it in a bucket of water with your rags . When you get to tight places in corners , just caulk and lightly smooth over it with the brush. Works really good with the rosette blocks and caseing too.
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...water and a grout sponge are a minimum...these Dap tools have been really handy to me...a 1" knife and thin t-shirt material can do the trick too but not as easily as with the soft tools...
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1" knife and a gentle touch.like a ninja.use only enough caulk to fill the void so when you knife it off there is no excess caulk just the corner.then move on don't look back.
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1" knife and a gentle touch.like a ninja.use only enough caulk to fill the void so when you knife it off there is no excess caulk just the corner.then move on don't look back.
Thats very bad advice.
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Thats very bad advice.
I thought for a minute about how to reply in a way that wasn't dismissive of others advice. But then I remembered that I am here to learn and hopefully share best practices. I really appreciate everyones input, but I am having a hard time visualizing how I would use a knife of any size at all, especially to speed up the process. I am interested in the DAP tools, but again, we are going for speed here and I don't see how switching from finger to tool and back again is going to speed up anything. I did replace my rag with a sponge today and messed around switching to my pinky in tight places. I have serious doubts that any tool is going to speed up the process. The sponge did help though, because you can kind of get more water involved, which helps to smooth out the corner. In the long run I would say that it just took a day to learn the properties of the new caulk
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Add a little bit of Krud Kutter to your wash water. It’ll make cleaning off your hands a little easier.




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Im assuming you´ve adjusted the size of your tip to accomodate the viscosity of the caulk and the speed you can apply it at? Thinner product=smaller bead=less mess. And a 1"knife and a rag is all i use. I only use the knife in corners where its tight and ive overapplied or otherwise need to clean it up a little...

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im having a hard time visualizing someone using a tool to help cock corners, sounds like a mucky mess
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haha i completely stand by my advice.i've been painting for over twenty years.you knife the corner,it comes out perfect every time,you move on.you save time by not standing there swiping your rag and your finger then going back and second guessing yourself.it wont be a gooey mess because your only removing a small amount of caulk from the corner because you applied the right amount.you use a one inch knife because that dap tool is dumb.
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I was referring to the "move on and dont look back part."
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It all boils down to an attractive bead of caulk when all is said and done.
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