Caulk before or after painting? We reveal which way is best

Caulking gun applying caulk between door frame and wall
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Want to know whether to caulk before or after painting? If you’re decorating a room, caulk is going to be a key component for adding finishing touches. But get the caulk/paint order wrong you could be spoiling the finished look.

Here we tell you when you should be caulking and when you should be painting to get the best looking and most effective finish.  

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.