Inching Along

You cannot see it in the image, but this decorative panel above the big dining room window has a lot of damage to the stamped tin flourishes. There are a lot of holes. I have no idea why THIS panel is so damaged.


But how to fix the holes? I mean, how does one repair a bunch of holes in 123-year-old stamped tin? Then I realized: Big Stretch!


I filled all the holes and carefully smoothed the caulk. After priming and painting the holes should be undetectable.


I felt quite victorious!

Tomorrow I will finish everything at the current scafolldong level and then — whoee!!!!!!!! — I will be able to move down a level!






  1. Barb Sanford on August 2, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Whoo-EEEE! I will be doing a happy dance when that red paint is finally gone!

  2. Cory on August 3, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I’ve used that brand of caulking before and it doesn’t live up to its name. They should call it big crack because that’s what it does after one Winter. Bondo is the best product to use on hole filled metal.

    • Ross on August 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Odd, I have never had that problem with Big Stretch.

  3. Sandra Lee on August 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Artistry complete! Echo Barb @ cannot wait for the Ross colors!!

  4. John Blick on August 3, 2017 at 9:38 am


    You might consider using JB Weld if you find that you need further repairs. It is a two part epoxy that will bind very tightly to the metal and is impervious to water or chemicals and cures to be as hard as a rock. The caulk might be just as good or maybe better (I don’t know for sure), but it would seem to me that it would not be as solid a repair as JB Weld.

    • Ross on August 3, 2017 at 11:09 am

      I often use JB Weld on my lights. But it would not work for the situation in this post. It’s too…gooey. By contrast, the caulk was a pleasure to work with as it holds its shape and is easily molded.

  5. Devyn on August 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I love Big Stretch Caulk! Although I have never used it outdoors, I love using it for filling cracks and small gaps on interior work.

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