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Old 03-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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I am repainting a room including the trim and noticed I have some dings and dents in the trim along with some spots of chipped paint. What is the easiest way to fix these and smooth out the wood again to its original profile? I have used wood filler before and am not fond of it - would a lightweight spackle work and hold up for this?

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Got a picture so we can see how bad it is?
Most often chipped paint or small dings can just be sanded out with a random orbital sander, or even by hand.
Prime any bare spots and two coats of paint.

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I am thinking I could probably sand down the spots where the previous owner didn't before applying a new coat of paint. I am not sure how I can reshape the corners - vinyl spackle?
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If you ever want that trim to look 100% smooth and flat again it's going to have to be strpped and sanded smooth.
Problum is your going to be dealing with lead based paint most likly.
I do not see any type of filler staying stuck or holding up for the long run.

I've been mostly working on 100 plus year old house for a very long time.
Some times the best thing to do on plan trim like that is to just remove it and replace it with new. I've proven it's fast and comes out better time and time agin to customers.

I know someone here is going to be jumping all over me for suggesting replacing old wood.
I could care less, it's just flat jambs and casing, it's getting painted over so what differance does it make if it's old or new.
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Eeeeks, I was afraid you would say remove and replace. Honestly, I think that is the best option because it is just flat but at this point I am not sure it is an option for me. Could I feasibly strip and sand JUST the "bad" spots and somehow with some product (wood filler or vinyl spackle) blend the unstripped edge of paint in with the bare trim without a noticeable line???
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Better be wearing a good dust mask and using a shop vac with a hepa filter on it.
I think I'd be using this instead of spacke. Just do not expect much.
Your trying to make a silk purce out of a sows ear.
http://www.waterputty.com/

Any hardware store or box stores going to have it. It's real cheap to buy.
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Only thing about Durhams that concerns me is this statement I found on the website, "Be sure not to spread the putty in a thin layer over a flat surface, since the putty is intended to be put INTO holes or cracks or voids and not just applied over the surface of a board." I'm not sure that some of these gouges are deep enough for what the product is intended for.
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What it does not fill just sand them out.
Do you have a random orbital sander? If not get one, there not expencive to buy.
http://www.cpoworkshop.com/porter-ca...able-sanders-1
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The time to repair it vs. the time to replace it makes replacing it a simple choice, imho.
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Ok, I am looking around at Blowes and HD for plain jane moulding. Measurements of casing is 4 1/4inch wide and base is 5 1/4inch wide. Concerned finding the same size plain moulding only because I am not sure whether the rest of the moulding in the house is in this bad of shape and if we will replace it. Don't want mismatched moulding (in size or design) if I can help it. Secondly, removing the old trim from the drywall w/o punching holes in the drywall....old house...and yes, it is drywall. Third, if money were no option I'd buy a good hardwood and NEVER EVER paint it!!!! but otherwise share with me the ins and outs of buying primed MDF vs. primed pine trim. And we are talking 45 degree angle miter cuts, coping cuts for inside corners, nail gun with finishing nails, and probably some paintable caulk to fill in the gaps??????

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All comes down to how do you want it to look.
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I'd be happy with what I have now but without the missing chunks and paint chips...plain design is fine. What is better - primed MDF or primed pine? Or what are the pros and cons of each? It seems replacing is logical but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew - fixing it seems like it might be harder to chew than replacing.
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I personaly never use MDF.
It's cheaper and paint well but that's about it for pros.
You left off the jamb width.
Standard premade jambs come 4-9/16 or 6-9/16 th.

Done right there should be no or very little damage done to the drywall when removing trim.
There's no reason to also remove the baseboards unless there also shot.
If you went with 1 X 6's for the casing they would have to be ripped or you would use an ossisilating saw to cut the base back or even better yet use a back band moulding to dress up that plan flat casing.
http://www.wood-molding.com/Site_Map.../backband.html
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If contractors don't get woodtrim from big box stores like Blowes or HD where do you find it? Local? My dad used to make his own but I would think it would be more expensive to have someone do this. However, what is the quality of the stuff you buy at Blowes or HD?

Also, if you replaced the trim with trim that is narrower how do you fix the edge left by the numerous paint coats on the wall? Is it just by sanding? Or is it recommended not to replace with narrower trim unless you are re-sheetrocking?
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I would always try to go bigger if not same size got that reason. U can always try local company's for trim or if u have a router u can make some basic trims but u still have to buy flat stock and a router bit do prob not worth it financially for just a little bit of trim.

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