Caulk or Grout

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Skye asked,

on caulk or grout:

Do you use grout or caulk when a tiled wall meets up with a painted wall corner?

In a bathroom, not in the tub area, but a general wall. One wall will be tiled and one will only be painted.   Which should I use where they meet in the corner? Thanks!

caulking answer Hello Skye,

Because dissimilar materials expand and contract at different rates grout will often crack where it meets a different wall, for this reason caulk is your best option. Use mildew resistant latex caulk.

DO NOT use use silicone as paint will not adhere.

Good luck


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One Response to Caulk or Grout

  1. Skye says:

    Thanks! Good information. I had not even thought about the difference between silicone and latex and had no idea that paint wouldn’t adhere to silicone. This was very helpful!

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