Wainscoting and Caulking
I am posting this in the Woodworking, Paint and Remodeling forums. The picture below is a close-up of Wainscoting that I am attempting to Ã¢ÂÂclean-upÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂpaintÃ¢ÂÂ. The section shown has been primed. Someone suggested that I caulk the gaps.
But I recently read on a Ã¢ÂÂCaulkingÃ¢ÂÂ site that you should NOT caulk Wainscoting panels as they will shift almost up to 1/8Ã¢ÂÂ depending on climate, settling, etc. This shifting (or poor initial craftsmanship) has left inconsistent gaps that are really unsightly under my bright painting lights. I donÃ¢ÂÂt know if the panels have shifted ALL that they will shift (30 yo home) Ã¢ÂÂ¦. Or Ã¢ÂÂ¦. If they shift seasonally based on temp and humidity.
Anyway, should I:
#1 - Not worry about the gaps because IÃ¢ÂÂm the only one noticing them under bright lights and/or because continuous shifting will occur with these panels
#2 - Caulk ALL of the outer gaps regardless of how WIDE and how DEEP they are
#3 - Caulk just the gaps that are really DEEP and that show a crevice where no primer/paint can adhere
I was prepared to do #3 but my concern is that the caulking will Ã¢ÂÂshore-up the DEPTH of the gapÃ¢ÂÂ considerably leaving the other gaps with the intended depth and shadow. My thinking is Ã¢ÂÂ¦. I should caulk ALL of the outer gaps to make the depth/shadow very shallow and consistent Ã¢ÂÂ¦ or Ã¢ÂÂ¦ just leave them alone as designed or as shifted.
- The WORST gaps are 1/8Ã¢ÂÂ Wide and almost 1/2Ã¢ÂÂ Deep showing a crack/shadow that wonÃ¢ÂÂt fill with primer
- Some gaps are 1/8Ã¢ÂÂ Wide with a 1/4" Depth and are spottily holding the primer/paint in the groove
- About half of the gaps are PERFECT at a 1/16Ã¢ÂÂ width and 1/16Ã¢ÂÂ depth which hold the primer/paint in the groove splendidly.
What a mess. I hope this makes sense. Did I mention I hate caulking? LOL.