How to use decorators' caulk: Your questions answered

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Once you know how to use decorators' caulk you can start filling in those annoying gaps around windows, doors and skirting boards to help give a professional finish to any paint project. All you need to do is apply, smooth out – known as tooling – and leave to dry.

Sounds simple and it is when you know how. There is definitely an art to applying decorators' caulk and if you're a novice it is a good idea to have a few practice runs after reading this guide. If you are painting skirting boards that need caulking find an out of the way corner to have a try. 

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.