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Old 11-26-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Best interior caulk to seal sheetrock/molding cracks?

Nothing drives me more bats&!#! crazy than home settling a year or so after remodel...but what can I do....

F'ing green pine molding. Never again. I'm using mdf or composite.

Even jeld-wen's high-end line of solid wood doors.....shriveling like a...well..let's just say joints are shriveling and i have to re-paint that too.

Oh yeah, back to my question....what is best interior caulk to use to re-do the molding/sheetrock joints? Is it destined to crack as well in the next year or so of heat/cold cycles?

I've always used phenoseal, which is supposed to be great, but hey....the wall/molding settling probably stretched it too far as well.

Thanks for any tips.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:04 PM   #2
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Bump...(self interest here)
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:31 PM   #3
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Do you like black caulk or white caulk?
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:39 PM   #4
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Nothing drives me more bats&!#! crazy than home settling a year or so after remodel...but what can I do....

F'ing green pine molding. Never again. I'm using mdf or composite.

Even jeld-wen's high-end line of solid wood doors.....shriveling like a...well..let's just say joints are shriveling and i have to re-paint that too.

Oh yeah, back to my question....what is best interior caulk to use to re-do the molding/sheetrock joints? Is it destined to crack as well in the next year or so of heat/cold cycles?

I've always used phenoseal, which is supposed to be great, but hey....the wall/molding settling probably stretched it too far as well.

Thanks for any tips.
I use white alex plus on all of my remodels and have yet to have a problem with cracking.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:41 PM   #5
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i've used that before on another place. similar results.



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Old 11-26-2011, 06:55 PM   #6
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Been there and done that....I use paintable silicone now.

http://www.caulkyourhome.com/ge-sili...e-silicone.php
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:52 PM   #7
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Just use the regular Alex caulking. I use it on new construction jobs. I've been finding the plus hard to work with always oozing out the end
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:40 PM   #8
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For interior I've used white DAP brand, seems paintable. Being available at the local department store has much to do with my choice.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #9
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Dap or Phenoseal!
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:26 AM   #10
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DAP here...seems easily agreeable with paint.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:11 AM   #11
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molding/sheetrock joints?
Molding use DAP

sheetrock use joint compound, sand and paint

green pine? should have been kiln dried pine.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:36 AM   #12
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i'm assuming it was green--was from home depot.

if i wanted the best, driest stuff, it would've cost me at least 4-5x the price from high end lumberyard nearby. with the amount of linear feet purchased....that would've been a big price tag.

so, instead i gotta make due with what i got and find the best caulk and a re-touch a year later. that's worth the many thousands of $ saved. a major hassle, yes, but still worth it.

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Old 11-27-2011, 11:12 AM   #13
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Just use the regular Alex caulking. I use it on new construction jobs. I've been finding the plus hard to work with always oozing out the end
Plus has nearly the consistency of Elmer's Glue and it shrinks too much when its dry.

Also AlexPlus white isnt as white as bright white paint. It dries a greyish shade of white and, therefore when applied over sunken nail heads, requires a paint touchup.

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Old 11-27-2011, 11:46 AM   #14
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Here is a Subject I can offer some sound advise on.
I am a Home Builder / General Contractor.
I have built over 70 Custom Homes and over 300 Condo's.
We include a One Year Home Warranty with our homes.
Including Drywall nail pops and Trim / Molding Caulking separations.
It seemed to me that about every 8 months or so we were doing 1 Year Home Warranty Punch out Work. The majority of the Warranty work was always Crown Molding and Baseboard Caulking issues. These Repairs were becoming costly and usually involved sending over Painters to Re-caulk and Repaint Trim, and sometimes it ended up getting into the walls. How did we remedy this Problem? STOP THE PAINTERS IN THE BEGINNING FROM USING CHEAP JUNK REGULAR PAINTERS CAULKING! BIG STRETCH caulking has saved us thousands.. Available where ever Benjamin Moore Paints are sold. We almost NEVER have a caulking issue anymore. It stretches instead of cracking. Applies just like regular Alex Painters Caulk. We have been using it for 6 years now. About $6.00 a tube. But will save you the Redo work in the Future.

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I'll give this a whirl. All interior (and exterior) paint was Benjamin Moore, so hopefully they carry this brand of caulk.

Most gaps are around 1/16" or less. But, noticeable nonetheless. And still maddening!

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Here is a Subject I can offer some sound advise on.
BIG STRETCH caulking has saved us thousands.. Available where ever Benjamin Moore Paints are sold. We almost NEVER have a caulking issue anymore. It stretches instead of cracking. Applies just like regular Alex Painters Caulk. We have been using it for 6 years now. About $6.00 a tube. But will save you the Redo work in the Future.
Thanks. I am going to try that stuff.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:40 PM   #17
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slvrz06, i went to the benjamin moore paint place and they didn't have your suggested brand. instead they suggested "tower sealants" brand "tower tech" acrylic urethane elastic sealant. label says it has 800% elongation, which i presume to mean it'll stretch a lot.

anyone ever hear of this brand?
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I use white alex plus on all of my remodels and have yet to have a problem with cracking.


I don't think I have ever seen moulding/sheetrock seperation. That's a new one. Sheet rock to sheet rock and moulding to moulding I have seen.
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slvrz06, i went to the benjamin moore paint place and they didn't have your suggested brand. instead they suggested "tower sealants" brand "tower tech" acrylic urethane elastic sealant. label says it has 800% elongation, which i presume to mean it'll stretch a lot.

anyone ever hear of this brand?
I just Googled "Big Stretch caulk" and found many places near me that sell it (Ace Hardware, for one).

Sounds like a product I wish I knew about before................
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Tower Sealants manufactures high quality sealants under a number of names (DuPont and others all use Tower as a manufacturer for their sealants. Tower Tech 2 exceeds the requirements of both ASTM C-834, and the more difficult ASTM C-920 class 25. Some of the other caulks listed here (Alex and Alex Plus) might pass ASTM C-834, but do not even come close to passing ASTM C-920.

Big Stretch is a nice product, but I love the Tower Products.
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