Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Elizabethtown, PA
Filling Gaps In Trim / Joints
I installed beadboard wainscot paneling in my basement, and I have a few gaps where the paneling meets up with the skirt board on the stairs. The biggest gap is about 1/4" wide. I know the best solution would have been to cut a new piece without the gap.. But since it is already installed I just want to patch it and touch up the paint.
My question is what is the best material to fill this gap? The gap is about 1/4" wide and 1/4" deep.. Typically I'd use wood putty or spackling, but I'm worried that would eventually crack or shrink. Would caulking be a better solution? I bought some adhesive caulk to use on the miter joints on the chair rail (I know they will probably be off with the bowed walls), but I wasn't sure if this would work for larger gaps.