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Old 10-05-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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My bedroom walls and ceiling are covered in unpainted wood planks. While I love the look and feel of wood, it makes for a dark and gloomy space. Also, since the roof was replaced there is black stuff falling through the spaces between the planks.
I want to fill those spaces but am unsure what product to use.
I plan to paint afterward. Since the wood is bare (might be stained) do I need to use a primer?
Here's a photo of the (low) ceiling. It doesn't all look that battered. I think that board was removed and replaced by previous owners for some reason.
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The black would most likely be the tar coming off of the felt, that was used under the Shingles, if there was Tar paper at all used. Only real way to fix it, is to pull the boards, put up a Plastic barrier, which would help with keeping conditioned air from leaking outside, and hvac pulling crap in from the outside.

It does look like whoever put the board up in the first place, did not do that great of a job, so most likely they took as many shortcuts as they could, which means probably no insulation in those bays.
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how about a pic from further back, and perhaps that area in the attic ?

but, it looks to me, that you are pretty much not going to make that look good. if that is part of your goal.
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Thanks for the replies.

The only attic in this house is a crawl space, and it's not over this room.
There is no ductwork to or from this room. No AC, no heat. Probably no insulation. They should have done something about it when they tore off the old roof.
My goal is to make the room more habitable for myself. I won't be removing any boards or adding insulation. There is no room in the budget or time between 2 jobs for that.
I need to find a caulk or putty type of product that is intended for use with wood.
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Acrylic Silicone Caulk will work.
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Thanks Greg.
I think I'll try that and maybe a semi transparent stain for a white washed look. Hopefully that will brighten the room up without completely covering the wood grain.
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