Forum Title: Caulking Technologies
Doing some very informal research for the company today. 1) Do you care what the technology is when deciding what caulk to use (acrylic latex vs. co-polymer rubber vs. silicone vs. urethane)? 2) If you DO care, why? 3) Do you perceive a performance difference between those technologies? 4) What is that performance difference? 5) How important is it that the technology be named on the packaging? Or do you assume the technology type by the type of clean-up required? Finally: What does acrylic latex mean to you? Does it make a statement about product performance, or only about the technology? Lots of questions, but they make a difference in my life. (Yeah, caulking and sealants aren't exactly a bastion of excitement...)
Category: Painter Post By: KATHERINE ROGERS (Topeka, KS), 07/11/2019

I would say stop the BS marketing on inferior products. I would want to see what the joint movement percent is on product labeling, that would tell the difference between a cheap acrylic latex and a better one. Even still latex acrylic's really don't do that great of a job for painters. Most of the time they crack out after a little movement. The minimum caulk I use is silicone acrylic, but that is rare. I typically use acrylic elastomeric or acrylic urethane. They fill better with less shrink on crown and exteriors. Painters typically only use water clean up products, unless specialty concrete joints. A product must be labeled as to what it is? I don't think you can get a way with just putting a year rating on it. Joint movement is the only measurable way to rate a sealant. If it does not gun or finger you would not sell it right.

- KIRK RODGERS (Redondo Beach, CA), 08/21/2019

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