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tcheney
Repainting... should I caulk raised panel garage doors?

We are repainting the garage doors. They are roll up doors with square raised panels on each section. They are wood with masonite center panels. As I prep for paint, should I caulk the seams between the flat panels and the rails/stiles? I know that ideally they should "float," but since they are out in the weather, I'm inclined to want to seal moisture out. I can't find any evidence that there was caulk in the seams, and I believe these are original to the house (1969).

ma2804
Re: Repainting... should I caulk raised panel garage doors?

I like to seal these panels just because I don't like moisture and wood coming into contact with each other. It can't hurt anything to caulk them. Sure the panels should float for expansion but you're dealing with masonite so I wouldn't worry. Caulk them and forget about them for the next 5-7 years. Just paint them occasionally and you'll be fine.

Good Luck.

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