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Filling nail holes in trim: A shiny plaster/glaze that matches white semi-gloss?


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11-20-12, 06:46 AM   #1  
Filling nail holes in trim: A shiny plaster/glaze that matches white semi-gloss?

Some time ago I had new-construction windows placed into my home (to replace older ones). As a result, all the trimming was replaced.

The trimming was pre-primed and painted by me before going up (as suggested by home improvement people to seal both sides), but now has finishing-nail holes exposed. No shock nor surprise here for anyone.

But I'm looking for a short cut (if one exists). Standard plaster of course stands out. Is there any filler or glaze out there that can just go in and do a reasonable job of matching the paint (white semi-gloss) so that I don't have to have the top surface redone, or struggle with touch-ups?

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11-20-12, 07:08 AM   #2  
Nothing of which I am aware, my thought would have been to fill and repaint.

 
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11-20-12, 07:08 AM   #3  
Are we talking about interior trim? You might try some white painters caulking.

 
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11-20-12, 09:14 AM   #4  
Caulk tends to shrink as it dries. Why not use painter's putty and another coat of paint?
Over the yrs I've preprimed/painted a lot of trim but always applied the finish coat after installation. Any joints should be caulked also. You can cheat a little on the final coat of paint - it doesn't have to go all the way to the edge, as long as all the putty/caulk is painted over and it doesn't look like a touch up - that's all it needs


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11-20-12, 09:56 AM   #5  
I'd take marksr's suggestion for a proper fix.

In a pinch, what about something like liquid paper (WhiteOut) for a quick temporary solution?

 
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11-20-12, 10:16 AM   #6  
You'll need to go with marksr's suggestion if you have miters that need filling. Otherwise for just nail fills there are crayon-like fillers that would be perfect for small trim nails and can be rubbed with a tissue for more gloss.

 
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11-20-12, 04:23 PM   #7  
There are too many colors out there for there to be a prefinished caulk that would match the color/sheen of a painted surface. There are literally 100's of shades of white alone, any filler will stand out. There are always short cuts that make jobs easier, the pros do it to expedite a job for the client. This job will require breaking out a paint brush after filling the holes. If you want a short cut, buy a cheap brush, you can save time by not having to clean it after you paint.

 
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11-20-12, 05:02 PM   #8  
This job will require breaking out a paint brush after filling the holes.
Yup! A quick coat on just the faces will suffice.

 
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11-21-12, 03:08 AM   #9  
If you want a short cut, buy a cheap brush


IMO a cheap brush would be more trouble than it's worth! For the most part a cheap brush doesn't hold the paint as well and is harder to use [cut in or level out]


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11-21-12, 05:36 AM   #10  
If you want a short cut, borrow czizzi's good brush
Fixed it for you

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Never again will I ever use cheap brushes or rollers.

 
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11-21-12, 06:59 AM   #11  
Geesh guys, how about a little tongue in cheek. I do need a new brush, so he can have mine.

Was merely stating that the only short cut I can see would be not to clean the brush at the end of the job. Easy 3 minutes (if your one of the guys using my brushes), or 8 minutes if you are me. If all he is doing is some quick touch-up on already freshly painted trim, a cheaper brush would do. If he has to caulk and fill nail holes and paint the whole window, invest in a good brush.

 
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11-21-12, 07:34 AM   #12  
I was just picking on you czizzi.
I can't speak much of window trip finishing as I still have a dozen or so windows in my house that need trip after the repairs (re-insulating) this summer.

 
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11-21-12, 08:10 AM   #13  
Mike, is this czizzi's brush? LOL



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just kidding czizzi, no self respecting man would use a brush that looked like that... not even to tar his roof!

 
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