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Should I spackle this gap between wood and trim?

by RickDel
posted 12-18-2018 03:54 AM


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cracknpop

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#1 posted 12-18-2018 04:06 AM

First off, WELCOME to LumberJocks!

Fill it or not? I don’t believe there is a right or wrong answer here. What do you prefer?
That being said, if I was painting it, I would fill it.

Good luck!

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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RickDel

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#2 posted 12-18-2018 04:13 AM

Thank you! I think I’ll fill it too. I was just curious what you guys with experience would do. Thanks!

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 12-18-2018 04:25 AM

If it’s to be painted, I’d just caulk it.

If it’s to stay distressed, I’d just burn it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 12-18-2018 06:39 AM

Spackle will will just end up cracking do you’ll need to caulk instead.

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#5 posted 12-18-2018 07:32 AM

If you only paint it, after a pretty short interval it will crack, and be uglier than you’ll want. I’d use a good quality caulk and let it dry a bit before painting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 12-18-2018 07:41 AM

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#7 posted 12-18-2018 01:07 PM

Welcome to LJ’s ! As was said, if it is to be painted, caulk and paint. If it is to be finished otherwise, re-cut. Work Safely, Have Fun and Good Luck!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#8 posted 12-18-2018 04:49 PM

Another vote for caulking it.

-- Clin

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#9 posted 12-18-2018 05:16 PM

Caulking is the answer but make sure it is a paintable type.

-- Les B, Oregon

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RickDel

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#10 posted 12-18-2018 05:30 PM

Man, that’s a lot of responses… I definitely came to the right place. THANK YOU!!

I’m going to caulk it and spray it will latex.

QUESTIONS: Just to be clear, I should caulk because wood filler / spackle can crack, right? Should the caulk bead be thin and flush with the two pieces or should it be proud and rounded out from the gap?

That might be a dumb question, but I find myself spending a ton of time researching things like that since I don’t much experience.

Thanks Again!!

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RickDel

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#11 posted 12-18-2018 06:39 PM

“Should the caulk bead be thin and flush with the two pieces or should it be proud and rounded out from the gap?”

I actually already filled the gap with caulk. It was so small I had to lay a small bead and then run a flat edge over it to smooth it flat. In the smallest gaps the caulk pulled out, but I’m pretty confident those areas will be concealed by paint.

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#12 posted 12-18-2018 06:43 PM

Get you a wet rag. wet your finger, smooth the caulk into the joint, wipe finger off on rag, repeat.

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#13 posted 12-19-2018 01:46 AM

It’s “painters’ caulk” you want. Designed for that purpose. I’m surprised nobody mentioned this (though they sort of implied it).

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#14 posted 12-19-2018 02:02 AM



It s “painters caulk” you want. Designed for that purpose. I m surprised nobody mentioned this (though they sort of implied it).

- runswithscissors


Did you read my post?

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RickDel

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#15 posted 12-19-2018 02:04 AM

I used what I already had: Alex Plus 10.1 oz. White Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone because its labeled as “paintable caulk”. The “painter’s caulk” doesn’t appear have silicone so I hope that doesn’t give me a problem.

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#16 posted 12-19-2018 02:04 AM

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#17 posted 12-19-2018 02:11 AM



Get you a wet rag. wet your finger, smooth the caulk into the joint, wipe finger off on rag, repeat.

- jbay

Throw in 5 gal bucket with a gallon of water (to wash the excess caulk off said rag) and you can tackle any caulk job.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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000

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#18 posted 12-19-2018 02:13 AM


Get you a wet rag. wet your finger, smooth the caulk into the joint, wipe finger off on rag, repeat.

- jbay

Throw in 5 gal bucket with a gallon of water (to wash the excess caulk off said rag) and you can tackle any caulk job.

- TheFridge

That’s a definite must. Clean rag makes clean work.

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#19 posted 12-19-2018 03:09 AM

FWIW, I built a knotty pine book case many years ago, and put a crown molding on it. There were some gaps that I filled with almond colored caulk, which in any lighting environment didn’t show. It was a great cheat.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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