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How to Seal Your Molding, Trim and Baseboards in 5 Steps

Sealing a Kitchen

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STEP 1: Use the right caulk before you paint molding and trim for beautiful results.

For a lasting finish around molding, baseboards and trim, apply a paintable silicone sealant or a siliconized acrylic latex caulk/sealant before you paint. GE-branded paintable silicone sealants are waterproof and create a flexible, paintable bead that never shrinks or cracks. Also consider siliconized acrylic latex caulks or sealants, as they are paintable, durable and have strong adhesion for lasting results.

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STEP 2: Open the tube and seal.

Cut nozzle of your cartridge to the desired bead size. Pierce inner seal with seal punch found on most caulk guns. Insert cartridge into caulk gun. Squeeze with even, consistent pressure in order to control the rate the caulk/sealant that is dispensed from the cartridge.
 
TIP: Apply masking tape to either side of a joint to create a straight edge before applying caulk to your molding, trim or baseboards.

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STEP 3: Fill edges and gaps.

Apply caulk/sealant along the edges and joints of your molding, trim or baseboards.

TIP: Seal molding and trim from top to bottom. Start by laying a bead on the top edge of your molding, then work your way down to avoid smudging your fresh caulk/sealant.

 

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STEP 4: Smooth the seal.

Use a gloved finger or caulk-smoothing tool to smooth caulk into joint within two to five minutes.

TIP: If you applied masking tape in the previous step, remove immediately after smoothing the seal.

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STEP 5: Clean up.

Before the caulk/sealant around your molding, trim or baseboards cures, wipe away excess from surface and tools with a dry cloth.

 

Recommended Products

GE Paintable Silicone Supreme Window & Door Sealant

Paint jobs won't be delayed waiting for caulk to cure with Supreme Paintable Silicone Window & Door sealant. It's easy to apply and tool, can be spray painted immediately, or can be brush- and roller-painted in as little as 30 minutes. Paintable Silicone Supreme Window & Door sealant can allow you to achieve pro-like results and minimizes the wait to save you time.

GE Max* Shield Painter’s Siliconized Acrylic Latex Sealant

GE Max Shield Painter’s sealant is a premium advanced polymer acrylic latex sealant that is ideal for demanding painting projects, indoors and outdoors. Formulated with Tri-Shield Protection, this paintable sealant is 100% waterproof, offering  exceptional flexibility and adhesion, and mold-free product protection.

Where to Buy

Find GE-branded paintable silicone sealant near you.

How Much Do I Need?

One 10.1 ounce cartridge is enough to caulk 51 linear feet with a 3/16" bead.

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