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Filling nail holes in trim


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02-22-10, 09:46 PM   #1  
Filling nail holes in trim

Hello all
I have recently been replacing all the door and window casing and baseboards throughout my house, and have run into a frustrating problem. After I install I caulk the edges and fill all the nail holes, but after painting, the nail holes are all visible again, it looks like the caulk/spackle must be shrinking. I was just wondering what everyone uses to fill nail holes and if there are any special techniques you could pass along to help with this.
Also all of the joints in my crown moldings are visible depending on, I guess, humidity in the air, is there anything to be done about that?
Thanks in advance.

 
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02-23-10, 05:05 AM   #2  
You should use painter's putty to fill the nail holes. It won't shrink like caulking and bonds better than spackling. Knead the putty in your hands and then push it into the nail hole twisting it as you go. I usually wipe off/smooth the putty with my thumb although you can also smooth it out with a putty knife.

I prefer to use SWP's 66 glazing because it isn't as oily as Dap's painter's putty. You can either mix whiting [powder sold at paint store] or work a ball of putty up in a porous rag to absorb the excess oil.


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02-23-10, 09:07 PM   #3  
Okay, great, thanks for the great info and quick response. just now more question, where can i buy painters putty, would Lowe's/Home Depot have it or would i have to go to painter's supply house?
thank you again.

 
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02-24-10, 04:44 AM   #4  
It should be sold most anywhere paint is sold. The Dap brand of painter's putty is the one most often stocked. Window glazing can also be used. SWP's 66 glazing can only be found at a SWP [sherwin williams] store.


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