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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:49 pm 
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Hi, I've done a quick search online and can't seem to find anyone experiencing this same issue.

Yesterday I applied some skirting boards using solvent free gripfill and screws as I have previously done in another room. They were applied to a freshly plastered wall which had already taken a mist coat with watered down emulsion (weeks ago). I had a bit of gripfill left over and rather than waste it, I had read you could use it for caulking which I did.

24 hours later the gripfill I used on top of the skirting has dried and cracked and is peeling away from the wall. I've been trying to pick it out and with my scraper behind the skirting the boards still seem to move a little. Now I'm worried that the whole job needs to be repeated as the skirting is not suitably secured.

I've taken the radiator off in that room so it was unheated overnight and potentially around 10C. Does anyone know what's going wrong here?

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Gripfill is rubbish as a caulk substitute. The cracks have appeared as it's dried and shrunk.

Dig it out and caulk it correctly, it's only £1.50 for caulk.

If skirting seems loose, add more plugs and screws.

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Could it be that gripfill is a "glue" and sets solid where as caulking stuff is slightly flexible

damn, "Ktuludays" types faster than me.

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Yea I guess it is a poor caulk substitute and much less flexible. I'm quite happy to dig it out and finish it properly with a few more screws if required. I fitted a baton to the base of the wall before plastering so it's an easy job to screw into it.

I don't understand why it has shrunk so much though - if the glue at the back of the skirting has also shrunk and cracked then its not going to be bonded to the wall very well. I thought it was supposed to fill the gaps not shrink out of them?

I've never removed skirting that's been glued mind so I'm not really sure what the final glue ends up looking like. Maybe this is normal.


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Ktuludays wrote:
Gripfill is rubbish as a caulk substitute. The cracks have appeared as it's dried and shrunk.

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Some of the advice posted on the internet is whilst well meaning, frankly, rubbish. If it were suitable for use as a filler then surely manufacturer would put "grip adhesive and filler" prominently on the tubes. As it is, they don't. Decorators absolutely hate having to deal with edges where gaps have been filled with grip adhesives or ordinary (i.e. non-paintable) silicones because of problems getting the paint to adhere to the filler. and as you found out, it can also crack

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