How to Disguise Nail and Screw Holes in Molding
Learn how to cover and plug nails and screws holes in decorative molding.
Where moldings have been poorly decorated and/or paint buildup has left them in poor condition, simply sanding the area can help. This technique can be used on all kinds of moldings. Paint buildup in the grooves of the profile often creates an unsightly effect. Filling these areas as shown here improves their appearance. Flexible caulk cannot be sanded when dry, so it must be completely smoothed while still wet.
Sand back the flat sections of the molding as smoothly as possible, and glance across the higher areas of the molding with sandpaper.
Use a vacuum to remove any dust and debris, and then wipe down the area with a damp cloth.
Using a sealant gun, apply a bead of decorator's caulk along the molding profile and groove details.
Smooth along the caulk with a wet finger (image 1). Carefully remove any excess with a clean, damp sponge (image 2). Smooth the caulk again with a wet finger.
Once the caulk is dry, repaint the molding to achieve a much-improved surface.
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