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Old 07-06-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Filling small gaps on interior walls

Hi there,

My wife and I are painting the interior of our '69 Overlander. The interior is white and we noticed, even before painting, that there are several small gaps between the metal molding of the walls and the interior skins.

My question is - does anyone recommend a white, flexible product we might put a bead of in these areas to finish the look of the walls?

I've researched quite a bit and Parbond in white is discontinued. If we don't have to paint over a bunch of gray colored sealant, I think that would be ideal.

Anyway - would just a standard latex caulk work or does this need to be something specific? I'd prefer to use a product that will stand the test of time as we travel full-time in this trailer.

Thanks in advance for any guidance!
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:18 PM   #2
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You could try a white latex caulk but keep in mind that the trailer is always moving, so anything you use may not have the desired results for long.
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Right - I'd rather the product be long-lasting/effective during travel - and be white. Anything that fits those criteria would be perfect!
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:07 PM   #4
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I used regular white latex painter's caulk for this purpose and painted over it. FWIW that was a few months ago and a couple weeks of actual travel and it's held up fine. Don't know about longer term.
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Big Stretch caulking is the answer to your woes. Maybe also get one of those caulk spreaders, or a tongue depressor, to make a nice big sano bead.

Remember that an Airstream flexes quite a bit, both going down the road and when "leveled" in a funky campsite. I tried regular caulking on the edge of my custom bulkhead panels, and it ripped right out.
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filling gap between wall and bulkhead

In out 1950 There was a welt like the old vehicles used between body and fender. Has worked out well for 66 years so maybe that is the answer.
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Or paint the walls a darker colour and you won't notice the shadow line as much.
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Thanks from the tip. I do have a question about what you used on your walls. What type of primer oil, latex or enamel and what paint oil latex or enamel. Thank you!
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