How to fill cracks around a fireplace

Task difficulty: Quite easy

Our fireplace was a perfect fit when it was installed, but now unsightly cracks have appeared around the edges. What you need is a sealant that's easy to apply - so you get a nice neat finish - and flexible enough to accommodate the stresses that lead to cracking, Polycell Squeeze & Seal Interior will solve the problem.

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Step by step process

  1. Step 1

    Step 1

    Rake out any loose filler or old plaster from the gap between the fire surround and the wall, and smooth away any old filler edges.

  2. Step 2

    Step 2

    Polycell Squeeze & Seal comes in a special malleable pack that you simply squeeze to apply the right amount of sealant - no more struggling with wasteful cartridge guns! Cut the nozzle of the pack at a 45° angle to make a suitable width seal, then run a continuous bead along to fill the gap.

  3. Step 3

    Step 3

    Smooth off neatly with a round ended stick or similar and wipe away any excess with a damp cloth before it dries. And there you have it - visitors' eyes will be drawn to your fireplace rather than the cracks around it!

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