Gordon F
Gordon F
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Asked on Dec 27, 2011

I have tile on my floor in my bathroom. I have the tile that is like a baseboard on the wall too.

KMS WoodworksRegenia SPeace Painting Co., Inc.
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Is it okay to put a bead of caulk on the top of the tile to give it a better transition look from the tile to painted wall?
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  • SawHorse.net
    on Dec 27, 2011

    Yes. Depending on the color of the caulk, you may look into a caulk that is the color of the grout. 1. Tape off the wall and caulk the gap. 2. Pull the tape off and you will have a nice straight line.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 27, 2011

    I often use the "sanded" caulk in the exact color as the sanded grout for this type of install. This gives you a easy alternative that is flexible. Its latex based so a wet finger is used to smooth and detail.

  • I also use caulk along the top of the tile. Usually I will use paintable caulk. After laying the bead of caulk, I use a damp rag to remove as much as possible off the top lip of the tile, then you can touch up or paint all the way down to the tile top and it gives a good transition between the two.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Dec 30, 2011

    You are on the right track Gordon with these inputs. You can also tape the top of the tile to make a nice caulk line. Your better caulks like DAP 230 will not shrink so much and be more cleanable. Best, Charles

  • Regenia S
    on Mar 4, 2012

    I am thinking of putting the baseboard or skirting tile in my bath and I'm wondering how to transition from the tile to the door trim? Do I have to smooth the edge of the tile and polish it, I just don't like the unfinished look between the two. Am I making sense? I wish I could see pics of what you've done Gordon.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Mar 5, 2012

    Regenia...if the doors trim goes all the way to the floor I normally just butt the tile base up to the edge of the wood. I place the same small "grout space" gap between the tile and the wood and use a matching grout colored caulk there. Tile to wood, and plane changes always get the "caulk" instead of grout.

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