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Old 06-05-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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How do I fill gaps in molding?

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Old 06-05-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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Post a picture, where's the gaps?

If your talking about just the small gaps where it meets the wall then just use caulking.
I like Alex 230, expencive but does not crack like cheap painters caulking will.

Only make a small hole in the tip of the caulking tube, apply, wipe with your finger, then wipe with a damp sponge.
There only needs to be enough to fill the gap, there does not need to be any on the wall or the moulding.

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painters putty for nail holes and caulking for adjoining seams and cracks...

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I would never use any form of caulking for filling nail holes, painters puddy or Fast and final filler works far better, no shrinking and drys fast.
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Sort of a side comment but wire nuts are great for sealing the ends of partially used caulking tubes.

Do get yourself a quality caulking gun with a nice sturdy ratchet rod and trigger. I like mine that turn 360 degrees too. Keep a moist cloth handy.
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I would never use any form of caulking for filling nail holes, painters puddy or Fast and final filler works far better, no shrinking and drys fast.
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Each situation is different. On one of my of my first DIY jobs I miter cut the molding that ran around the outside edge of a table just a little too short. I filled the gap with caulk but it did not have the sharp corner the molding would have had. Bugged me every time I looked at it!

Probably I would have done better using spackle. Overfill it, then sand it down to size.

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