We recently purchased a 12-year-old home and want to repaint the great room. The drywall is in very good shape and the walls have the common "California Knockdown" texturing. We used to do all of our own painting, but we don't have the time or energy now that we're older and so are seeking to hire a painter for the first time. The one who came most highly recommended by local consumers on the internet has a technique for painting straight lines on textured walls that sounds questionable to me.
He says that he caulks the ceiling line, the baseboards, and around the door frames. The line of caulk he uses is wide enough to cover the 1/4" booboos of green paint that the last painter left on the white ceiling (we are repainting the green walls an adobe russet but leaving the off-white ceiling and moldings as they are). He then uses the line of caulk on the wall surface as a straight line to paint up to. He says he doesn't actually paint onto the smooth caulk, just up to it. He says he squiggles the brush back and forth to work the paint into the texturing as he paints the line.
He may be able to achieve a straight line with this technique (I know I could not!), but I'm unhappy at the thought of having wide strips of exposed caulk along the ceiling and all of the trim. It will put a thin white stripe at the top of the walls and around all the baseboards and moldings.
Besides that, I have never seen a caulk that didn't discolor, shrink and pull away from the surface within a number of years and need to be stripped out and redone. I cannot believe that any brand of caulk will last as long as a professional paint job using Benjamin Moore Aura paint (their top of the line). We are just two older adults in the house so we don't expect to ding up the walls and be repainting every 5 years.
What does anyone else think? I'm familiar with the technique of using a thin bead of caulk and painting a straight line along its smooth surface, but this technique I've never heard of.
Thanks for any feedback/opinions.