Filler or Caulk around skirting boards?

1 Mar 2005
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Hi, we've just have new skirting boards fitted and there is a gap around the top edge etc. I used some decorators caulk around it but it 'sank' in slightly leaving a dust collecting trough, plus the caulk seemed similar to bathroom silicone & therefore I could not sand it without it frilling at the edges. I thought about using a tube of iller but am worried that it will crack. What do the pro's do to make skirting look so nice?


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Use Decorator's Caulk and you may not be using enough if it is sinking. To be honest if done right you shouldn't really be sanding it anyway as you could caulk up last if you are having white skirting.
if its sunk, go over it again with decorators caulking. get some decent stuff from a decorators merchant. some of the stuff in the diy sheds is useless and unworkable. Just use a small bead of it at a constant pressure then go across it with a wet finger. if its done right it wont need any playing around with afterwards and sanding it will only ruin the finish on it
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As Thermo says...caulk it twice...the reason it sank is probably because the gap was quite wide...

Caulk if again have a wet sponge handy to run over it then finish off with your finger.

I wouldnt recommend caulking after the has a flat finish and may yellow in time.

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