Introduction

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.

Step 1

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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sand Molding

Sand back the flat sections of the molding as smoothly as possible, and glance across the higher areas of the molding with sandpaper.

Step 2

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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove Dust and Debris

Use a vacuum to remove any dust and debris, and then wipe down the area with a damp cloth.

Step 3

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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Apply Decorator's Caulk

Using a sealant gun, apply a bead of decorator's caulk along the molding profile and groove details.

Step 4

Smooth Caulk

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.

Step 5

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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Repaint Molding

Once the caulk is dry, repaint the molding to achieve a much-improved surface.