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Old 01-08-2009, 07:43 AM   #1
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We have been repainting some rooms in the house and come across a few areas where there is a gap betwen the baseboard (stained) and the drywall, especially near corners. I know it is due to the mud buildup and what not, but is there a good solution to making this look nicer. Right now there are places where you can see behind the trim and see that the color is different because we cant get behind it to paint.

Caulk and paint the gap only, to match the wall?

Fill with drywall mud and paint?

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I would caulk the top gaps with painters caulk, than take a warm damp sponge and remove the excess caulking from the top of the trim and wall, then paint. the caulk will help secure the trim to the wall. good luck Bob

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what is painters caulk?
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its an Acrylic latex caulk used for filling gaps and cracks before painting.
you should find it at any box store or hardware store.

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oh ok... yeah ive seen that I thought maybe it was something special.

Is it just a paintable caulk?
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Here are the spects.

DAP® ALEX® Painters Caulk

All purpose acrylic latex painter's caulk. Applies smoothly and easily. Adheres to wood, plaster, drywall and masonry. Resists cracking and chalking. Interior/exterior use. Paintable. Water clean-up. 25 Year Durability Guarantee. Meets ASTM Specification C 834 for extrudability, artificial weathering, extension-recovery and slump.

Also when you cut the tip try and cut it so to leave you with an 1/8" hole if you have small spaces to fill, it will be easier on the clean up. and when finished with each space back off on the caulking gun plunger, it will keep it from oozing out all over the place. BOB

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First make sure the trim is nailed securely to the wall. That will remove most gaps.
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Personally, I prefer the DAP Dynaflex 230 Elastomeric over the Alex. The Dynaflex is elastomeric, the Alex is not. Elastomeric caulks stay more flexible than pure latex caulks. Given how little caulk is necessary for most interior work, there is no reason not to buy the good stuff.

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I have been using this product with no complaints



http://www.phenoseal.com/product_det...spx?product=12


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