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Spackling for Moldings

spackling for moldingsDAP DryDex, 8 oz

I like this DAP spackling more than any other brand I’ve used.

That’s because there is very little shrinkage when it dries, which is important when you’re filling the many nail holes on your new moldings.

The last time I used the less expensive off-brand spackling, I paid a the price of a whole lot of extra work and frustration.

I had spackled a large crown molding at the top of a tall, convoluted staircase.  The spackling shrunk so much that every nail hole had to be refilled and sanded again!

Price and Specs

  • Unit Price $4.28
  • Vendor  Most hardware and paint stores

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2 Responses to Spackling for Moldings

  1. Al January 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM #

    Good tip. Many times I have used drywall mud when I just have a single hole or two to fill because it’s always around, but I realize it’s not the best; it’s just “there” and handy. Any huge drawbacks over time using it?

    • Ken January 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM #

      Sure Al, you can use drywall mud. I’ve used it on plenty of occasions, especially to fill larger than normal gaps.

      The thing to watch for is the shrinkage.

      Different brands of joint compound have different amounts of water in them — where the amount of water affects how much the compound shrinks when dry. Just make sure you know how your mud acts when dry so you know what to expect. What a shame it would be to use it to fill all of the nail holes in an entire room’s moldings only to find out it shrinks down into the hole!

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