CAULKING AND SPACKLING TIPS. DIY How to paint trim. Tips painting trim work.

How to prepare new trim to be painted. Caulking and spackling tips to paint millwork in a new construction home. The simple process caulking seams and spackling nail heads. Home improvement painting hack painting new millwork. DIY painting instructions.

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69grizl764 says:

wet mutton /cheese cloth is awesome for gapping Chris I gap everything lol prep prep prep I find undercoat or pigmented sealer first shows up all gaps that’s just me though love ur videos

Bryan Creeger says:

I like the idea of leaving the corners filled when caulking on cabinets and door frames. I usually try to use a putty knife and it makes things go longer. Will try this on my current project. Right at that stage.

Josh Buehner says:

I could tell you pick your part I would love to work for you dude everything that you are saying is true and I really appreciate that you are definitely a good painter there’s a lot of things that I have been doing and there’s a lot of things watching your videos that reminded me of what I should be doing especially with your glazing I have not done that in a while my name is Josh the painter and yes I am a dick and I don’t mean to make fun or anything of anything that you’ve been doing peace out my brother keep up the good work

dorin2042 says:

Way to much wasted time with the spackling/sanding. I’ve been using Crawford’s painters putty for 18 years with no problem . Just push it in the nail hole, rub you finger one more time over it and done. I also use that kind of sponge you have but cut them in half and also use it to wipe all top angles of door frames after i do the finger wipe, just like a tile man does with his grout. Good job!

Charles Kos says:

Thanks, Bruce Willis!

wayne gamble says:

Nice work

icawn says:

don’t you despise painters who caulk last? leaving that grimey dirty line over time that cannot be cleaned. my house is 15 years old and the trim looks grimey because of it. i’ve tried to paint it, but you can still see the texture from the embedded dirt. this creates a lot of work for me.

calvinjones says:

In the cupboard with the caulking gun… that’s not slow!

Trevor Clifton says:

Hello, i enjoy your videos, i started my own painting company inspired by your videos, could you do a review on the titan spray guide?

Giovani Pereira says:

Very very good your videos I’m your fan of Brazil send a link here for us here from Brazil

muito muito bom seus videos sou seu fã aqui do Brazil mande uma aló aqui para nós aqui do Brazil

Brendon Willis says:


When doing multiple coats of paint how do you do the caulk and cut in and remove tape while it’s still wet since the first coat must dry before you can paint another coat? Thanks for your helpful videos.

Spencer Colgan says:

Chris. ForGive me for posting so many of the questions. I am amazed at the detail you give your work – your work ethic is quite amazing – anyway, what if I were to just skip the Crawfords spackle and go right to the glazing putty – what would happen?

Dinoxt12 says:

He sure is a pro at what he does…great work !

78835 says:

So caulk 1st then spackle holes & divoits, finally sand Prime & paint. Thanks Chris I have my state paint & decor exam next week

Kenneth W says:

Question: Is there hack or a better way then cutting it out and getting rid of silicone caulking so you can paint?

edwin b says:

“Take your time” That is music to my ears, my boss wants us to prep 3 or if it’s possible 4 homes with 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, kitchen, lowndery, and all closets in one days and he gets mad because we just do 2 a day

Toby Hammond says:

spackle the shit out of it!!

David Malone says:

Why not putty? And what do u use for priming all your closet wood and bare wood? Laquer undercoater? I’m not the best estimator when it comes to new construction interior, just won a bid on a 4200 sqft home , walls and ceilings are done, I bid the entire trim pack for $11,271 , sound about right?

Christian Miller says:

Hey thanks for Great videos. Im curious do you sand in between coats of topcoat?

Spencer Colgan says:

Idaho: I know I’ve been laying low lately, but this video definitely shows that you are the best painter out there – your customers must love you. I don’t know any painter who demonstrates such diligence in excellence nor such a passion to provide the best workmanship as you demonstrate. Seriously – I have to give it to you – you are the best. This video will bump any painter up to the status of par Excellence if he should adopt such a high standard explained here!

Js M says:

When applying white caulking, can you leave it as it when applying it to white trim or do you recommend always painting over the caulking?

whatburnout says:

Chris I thought the wood needed to prime then chalk. So chalking will adhere bette

Spencer Colgan says:

Last comment: Chris, I have been painting a little longer than you have but my arms still do not look as yours do– please give some advice as to what I might be doing wrong.

Paul Rhodes says:

Thanks Chris another amazing video! So do you use the bindi product in place of the spackle? Thanks again have a blessed weekend. -P

Ashley Gravenell says:

we in the uk call spackle filler. our primer will cover the filler without seeing it once the gloss is applied. we dont get enough time to do really nice jobs. we always brush our woodwork because our gloss is still oil based and flattens out really well.

Chad Wade says:

So do you prime the walls after you do they trim work?

John Puccia says:

Hey man how do you sand trim that’s painted with latex? Usually I use a sanding sponge and the paint gums up from the heat and friction.

mrtv777 says:

Chris, awesome videos! I agree a spray finish gives the best appearance on trim. Do you have any videos or advice on brushing and type of paint when spraying is not applicable? Thanks again!

Josh Buehner says:

so you’re not using Crawford’s water-based Putty for all your putty

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Carlos Dasilva says:

I thought guys caulked after the paint job to give a nice trim line in the cut -ins.

Spencer Colgan says:

Chris. Sorry about the confusing questions I’ve posted. You have 2 similar videos, this one I realize is similar to another video you posted re: caulking trim.

I’m confused here: why after putting Crawfords sparkle onto the nail holes, then sanding, why put the bondo glazing putty? It’s not clear in the video. You indicate that the reason is because one will not see the hole any more. Why? Does crawfords shrink? Does Crawford need to be primed? Does bondo glazing putty need to be primed?

Thanks for your time.

greek417 says:

hey I have a quick question a little unrelated to this video I was hoping you could answer for me I was wondering if you’ve ever used those paint Shield rollers that go on the end of your spray gun like “trac cut” and if you have used them what do you think about them

Spencer Colgan says:

Chris. What do you use for the little finishing nail heads in trim? You know the ones I’m talking about – when the Carpenter nails would work – it leaves holes in the surface – and as you know, caulking shrinks and you still have a Divot. Do you use bondo? I am sorry but I remember you did a video on it – please just tell me what the product is.

Sir Daltonix says:

Question. Is there a way to paint a new apartment so that there is no cutting of walls up top?

would you paint first the walls then mask them and spray/backroll the ceilings?

mal3689 says:

it sounds like you’re saying cock,wtf is spackling, in the UK we call it filling

Russell Taylor says:

How would you prep and prime a cut end piece of mdf where the “grain” was exposed? What is your favorite mdf primer coat for a latex top coat?

Brendon Willis says:

I guess what I’m trying to figure out is: If we caulk our tape for a crisp line do we have to pull the tape before the caulk and paint dries? Because it will have to dry before we can put the second coat of paint on. I don’t see you masking and caulking after each coat in your videos though. Just wondering how to do two coats without having to tape and caulk twice. Thanks.

Spencer Colgan says:

Chris. You “blurred out” Sherwin Williams logo on the caulking tube. Was Sherwin Williams complaining to you?

David MacGregor says:

Nice video – but, trying and talk less and just do the job – sorry but, it must be an American thing with to much talking, as my mum says, you have 2x ears and 1x mouth…

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