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Old 04-20-2017, 06:50 PM   #1
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Fixing drips between gaps


I recently tore out wallpaper, sealed the wall, put down mud, primed and painted. The walls actually came out great. However, the step I did not think of doing was caulking.

I have crown molding, a chair rail and a baseboard. All of them have gaps where they do not meet the ceiling well. It wouldn't be a big issue except, I was a little sloppy with my edging as I figured I had taped everything.

Now I have areas with drips. It is most noticable between the ceiling and crown.

Any suggestions on how to fix this? Do I need to caulk and repaint?

Also, my trim is all stained wood so I feel that the caulk would look strange.

Overall, don't think it came out bad for my first attempt at something like this. But the little imperfections are driving this perfectionist crazy.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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You could try taking a wet rag and wiping over the excess paint on the trim and clean it up with a putty knife. For future reference, you could try dry-brushing next to the tape and you shouldn't have these kind of issues.
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+1 on what VA said. Try a plastic putty knife to start. Push it into the gaps to break the paint film that accumulated there. If that doesn't work, try a metal putty knife, the thinner, the better. Be careful as you don't want to gouge the wood work. That's about all you can do at this point.

If you would have to resort to caulk, use a color that matches the wood color and use your wet finger or a wet rag to smooth it out.
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They also sell clear caulk. Just be careful because it is more difficult to work with (thinner and can mush everywhere if you put too thick of a bead on it). We use SherMax clear. I don't know what the BM equivalent would be.
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