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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.

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With a gap that large, I would cut and glue a small piece of wood in there.
Then I would caulk over the wood to clean it up.
If you try filling a gap that big, it will shrink and crack.

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With a gap that large, I would cut and glue a small piece of wood in there.
Then I would caulk over the wood to clean it up.
If you try filling a gap that big, it will shrink and crack.

I've had great luck with the latex Dap Dynaflex 230....no silicone.....
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I have started using Big Stretch caulk, when I have to caulk trim in.

I have not had to go back and tune up crown to ceiling caulk joints a year later with that caulk.
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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.

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If the gaps are where the paneling sits on the skirt, why not install a thin ogee trim to cover the gaps?

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+1. Except...I prefer to use [URL="http://www.polyseamseal.com/allpurpose.shtml"]Polyseamseal.
Not saying Polyseamseal isn't a good product, but.....

I used to use that a lot. It seemed to dry out and discolor on me.
I found this Dynaflex and I really like how it remains flexible and keeps it's fresh color.

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I have started using Big Stretch caulk, when I have to caulk trim in.

I have not had to go back and tune up crown to ceiling caulk joints a year later with that caulk.
Where do you buy that, Warner?

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Where do you buy that, Warner?
I found it at a local Rural King. A farm and fleet store.

It is awesome, no more call backs from seasonal changes causing caulk to crack back on the ceilings.
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Cover it with a molding.

Next time you will cut it right.

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Thanks for the tips. I ended up going with caulking the joint.. It looks pretty good.. Should match pretty well once painted. I wasn't sure how a moulding would look since the skirt board already had an ogee profile on it.

I will have to try to cut it right next time... Need more practice figuring out the angles before I do it again. My original plan was to pull the skirt board off and rabbet it so I could slip the paneling behind it to cover mistakes, but I wasn't sure I'd be able to remove it without ruining it.

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Where do you buy that, Warner?
FYI, here in Portland, OR Big Stretch is available at A-Boy stores. We've used it around all of our exterior window trim.
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Since you're painting, color matching isn't an issue. I would use a two part wood filler (like Minwax) to fill the gap and sculpt it to shape after it dries. After that, a bit of primer and paint and you should be home free.

I've done this trick on long crown and base scarf joints and the joint has never reappeared.
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