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Old 06-08-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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Install trim before or after repainting?


My wife and I are closing on a house next week, and I plan on replacing all of the baseboard and door casing as they are dated and also painted with several layers of paint.

So my plan of attack is this:

1. Remove all the trim
2. Clean and prime walls
3. Paint walls
4. Paint trim on sawhorses
5. Install trim and touch-up


But I do have a question and am open to advice. This way seems the easiest, but if I attach the trim after we paint, can I still caulk without it looking too messy? Ideally, it seems like it would be better to install the trim and caulk, then paint the walls, but to me it would be easier to paint without having to worry about the trim.

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My wife and I are closing on a house next week, and I plan on replacing all of the baseboard and door casing as they are dated and also painted with several layers of paint.

So my plan of attack is this:

1. Remove all the trim
2. Clean and prime walls
3. Paint walls
4. Paint trim on sawhorses
5. Install trim and touch-up


But I do have a question and am open to advice. This way seems the easiest, but if I attach the trim after we paint, can I still caulk without it looking too messy? Ideally, it seems like it would be better to install the trim and caulk, then paint the walls, but to me it would be easier to paint without having to worry about the trim.

Thanks,
Kenny
Thatís basically the way I like to do it.

Prime an one coat on the horses, second coat after trimís installed.

Messy caulking comes down to whoís holding the gun.

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Old 06-08-2010, 09:23 AM   #3
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Right on. I guess my concern with the caulk is applying it after the wall is painted.
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I like to paint trim first and then cut in the walls but only because I"m slow at cutting in trim.
Kwik is right on the money with the caulking. Make sure you cut only a small hole in the tip of the tube at an angle and face the angle toward the trim. This will give a nice thin caulk line against the wall and any excess can be wiped off of the trim.
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