Bathrooms Sloppy carpentry in molding on bathroom floor

Published on August 4th, 2017 | by Henri

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Paint can’t hide sloppy remodeling

Q.  I recently had my bathroom floor redone and the job is worse than terrible. (I know the person’s in-laws, so I will not make a fuss.)

Among the very many problems is the fact that he put a thin molding along the floor (probably to hide an even worse job) and did not miter the corners. They are filled in with white silicone caulk.

I want to paint the molding and I am finding that paint on caulk does not work so well. What can I use and what can I do?

Also, is there something I can do to make the messy job look neater? (Tried a razor blade but my hand is not steady enough to do a good job.) Can you help? Thank you!

A.  I am sorry that you had such a poor experience and feel that you should not complain and get the job redone correctly.

Most silicone caulking, so often misused, will not take paint. I don’t think that you can successfully make the sloppy job neater with a razor blade, the caulking can’t be shaved that easily.

Sorry, but I see no other way but to bite the bullet and have the molding replaced by a competent carpenter.

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