Jan 29, 2009

How to Caulk 6 panel door bevels | Painting

I’m often asked if the door panel bevels on 6 panels doors should be caulked and my final answer is NO!

Here’s why... As you can see in the photo, the caulk separated and it looks pretty ugly. If you spray 6 panels doors, you have better control how these bevels will look over time without caulk but if you brush and roll like many people do, the bevel gaps can also look pretty ugly painted with no caulk. If you are insisting on caulking the door bevels here are a few tips to help (not guarantee) success.

1) If the door is new wood, prime it first then caulk. Caulk sticks better to a painted or primed surfaces vs. a porous bare wood surface. Use an acrylic primer high in solids above 40% by vol and acrylic caulk with silicone for the best chance of flexibility during expansion.

2) Lets say you have doors like the photo. You can scrape the separated caulk away using a 5-in-1 tool or 1” scraper, sand what you need to. Next apply a bonding primer to the bevels and allow to dry. Re-caulk using an acrylic caulk with silicone and repaint. 

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