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Painters' Caulk:  Quick-drying wonder

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Quick-drying wonder

Key Features:
  • Ready to paint in 40 minutes
  • 35-year durability
  • Color: White
  • About $3 per 10.1 ounce cartridge (October 2008)
  • Pricing as of 2008.
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  • DAP ALEX Fast Dr Acrylic Latex Caulk
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by Kendall Holmes, Ebricks.com
Caulk is an essential component of any quality exterior paint job.

Besides sealing up and thus keeping water out of open joints, caulk helps gives a paint job a clean and crisp appearance.

Alas, most paintable silicon/acrylic caulks need to dry for several hours (or better yet, a full day) before you can paint over them.

Alex Fast Dry from DAP cuts drying time to 40 minutes or less -- allowing you to caulk something and then paint it just a short time later.

I've used this relatively new product several times recently.

It's thicker than regular caulk, and it starts to skin over in just a few minutes. This makes it slightly more challenging to apply smoothly than most caulks.

But the time savings are worth it.

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