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Old 12-14-2011, 09:46 AM   #16
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Can I paint trim and crown molding before putting it up?


I put two coats of paint on all my bedroom trim (baseboard, wainscoting, chair rail, crown molding), installed it, filled any nail holes/gaps, then did touch ups. The touch ups are impossible to find, but I used a high quality off white paint, so maybe that makes a difference

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I put two coats of paint on all my bedroom trim (baseboard, wainscoting, chair rail, crown molding), installed it, filled any nail holes/gaps, then did touch ups. The touch ups are impossible to find, but I used a high quality off white paint, so maybe that makes a difference
Yes, but is anything caulked to the walls?
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They can just touch up enamel after filling, after caulking all components?
That would not be acceptable in my world.
Not in mine either.
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Most of the time I do use enamel for the trim and use painters puddy or Fast and Final to fill the nail holes and have never seen it flash.
A DIY trying to cut in the back side of trim at the wall line will have blue tape every where which will peel off the paint on the wall and paint will get in under it in some places. If it's preprimed and prepainted there's 0 cut in time.
Other reasons to prefinish.
There's a lot less chance of dripping paint on the floors.
We have tryed it both ways and found we lost at least a whole day by painting it after it was hung when doing a whole house.
Also it came out with cleaner paint lines because your not trying to cut in where the casing meets the window stools, no paint on the window sashes that needs to be wiped off, not having to try and paint the base board where it meets the flooring.
If it's new constrution we can set the trim up outside and spray it for an even smoother finish.
If you are doing new construction, where you are painting everything, ceilings, walls, and trim, might I suggest painting the trim before the walls. This eliminates having to cut the outer edge of the trim, it's much faster and easier to cut the wall. I do all my trim except for the baseboard before I paint the walls.


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