The Art of Caulking Cabinets
When painting cabinets (especially white and whenever possible), take extra steps to fill cracks and seams in the wood.
Prior to caulking its very important to clean out dust or gunk (grease) in between seams and joints so primer and caulking will stick.
Caulking Pros & Cons:
Not all door panels are made the same. Some door panels move inside the frame which may or may not hold caulking. Just because you can caulk doesn't always mean we should because caulking can work its way out overtime. Floating panels or a poorly prepared seam will come loose overtime so its important the caulking will hold. Some panels are glued or nailed in place, others are simply floating between the frame. Based on this, we may or may not caulk. Our goal is always to do the best job we can that will last and look great for years. You get what you pay for. See an example of bad priming here
Use High Grade Caulking:
Being said, if we can caulk, we always use high grade caulking and push the caulking using our finger so it goes in deep and is SMOOTH (clean looking to the corners) . This process reduces less chance of caulking working it’s way out down the years PLUS, it also looks like new cabinets, not some sloppy attempt to fill in cracks etc.Caulking cabinets is a very detailed process and an art.
After 24 hours drying... we spray a second coat of primer over the entire door (caulking) so it seals the caulking in, holds it firmer and flashes less on the finish coat.