What's the appropriate caulk between wall and baseboard heat cover?


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Old 10-03-10, 12:19 PM
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What's the appropriate caulk between wall and baseboard heat cover?

I have hot water fin-tube baseboard heaters with relatively old covers. The covers have moved slightly away from the wall in some places and as I prepare to paint the room I'd like to caulk the gap. What type of caulk would be best for this? I got a siliconized acrylic that was good for adhesion on both metal and drywall (GW Max3500 Window & Door), but wasn't sure if this was the right application for it. Would this be an appropriate caulk for what I'm trying to do?
 
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That should do fine.

Most any quality latex caulk should do well. The only issue I can see is if the gap was caused by the heat [metal warping] then it's possible the crack may reappear
 
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If you intend to paint the caulking, you have to buy paintable caulking.
 
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Most any siliconized acrylic latex caulk should be paintable.
 
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Originally Posted by marksr View Post
Most any siliconized acrylic latex caulk should be paintable.
The one I bought is [paintable. I tried to find a good tradeoff of paintable, but flexible and it seems from the comments that this should work out. Unless the heat is making the metal warp, but only time will tell on that one...
 
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I use DAP 3.0 on everything. It has excellent adhesion, is paintable, is very flexible, and never cracks. To me it has the best properties of both silicone and latex caulks with virtually none of the flaws. Its expensive though.....$6-7 a tube.
 
 

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