Caulk or silicone? New Kitchen

3 Apr 2023
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Hi all,

I have had a new kitchen fitted. Where the new wall cupboards meet the painted wall, and where the upstands along counters meet the same painted walls, I need to know whether to:

a) use No Nonsense decorators caulk and then paint it. Bearing in mind that the caulk bead will be half on the cupboards (white) / upstands (wood effect), and half on the adjoining walls so painting it might not look quite right?

b) use clear silicone, or maybe a light grey like manhatten as the walls are a very light grey colour.


Many thanks
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Where the wall cupboards meet the wall I would paint first then run a bead of silicone, either clear or colour matched to the cupboards. If you decide on caulk, to enable over painting, I would run a bead after painting so that it looks neat.
Thanks for the reply.

The walls are already painted. Done a week ago. Walls are a light grey sort of colour and cupboards white.

Which would your preference be, silicone or caulk that then gets painted?
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Silicone should never be used any near a surface that needs to be painted (or repainted).

I would recommend either caulk, or a MS polymer. The latter being more flexible (eg CT1). Use very thin tape when applying it to maintain a straight edge. Remove the tape whist the MS polymer is still wet and smooth it again.

BTW, I am a decorator.
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