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Old 06-24-2007, 09:27 PM   #1
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Im in the midst of painting projects. Rather then all that taping and frustration with basebards, do these come off/go on easily so I can paint these different colors easily?
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Im in the midst of painting projects. Rather then all that taping and frustration with basebards, do these come off/go on easily so I can paint these different colors easily?
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Do they come off easy? That is a relative question. They do come off relatively easy. We usually cut the caulking and pry them off with a casing pry bar while using material to protect the drywall. However, why we have taken them off, has never been for painting purposes tho.

The issues that come from removal, paint, and re-install are:

1.) The drywall can get damaged (dented, ripped, marred).

2.) The baseboard can split or get dented or marred.

After removal and painting, and re-installation;

3.) The baseboard can and usually will get scuffed and marred.

4.) You will have new nail holes (from re-installing) that you will need to putty, prime and repaint over.

So, my advice is to just paint while on the wall. It's the pro way it's done in such circumstances (when the B.B. is already on the walls) ...


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Do they come off easy? That is a relative question. They do come off relatively easy. We usually cut the caulking and pry them off with a casing pry bar while using material to protect the drywall. However, why we have taken them off, has never been for painting purposes tho.

The issues that come from removal, paint, and re-install are:

1.) The drywall can get damaged (dented, ripped, marred).

2.) The baseboard can split or get dented or marred.

After removal and painting, and re-installation;

3.) The baseboard can and usually will get scuffed and marred.

4.) You will have new nail holes (from re-installing) that you will need to putty, prime and repaint over.

So, my advise is to just paint while on the wall. It's the pro way it's done in such circumstances (when the B.B. is already on the walls) ...

I agree with all of that. You covered it pretty good. I'd like to add that moulding like that never seems to come off cleanly without damage, or go back in place very well. If it is a case of removal, I just trash the stuff, and don't try to save it. It isn't worth the time and effort to prep old moulding.

If the project is just to change color, or freshen up what's there, having it in place, and touching up holes, dings scratches and ill fitting joints will improve it beyond the condition it already is in, while putting on fresh color.
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