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Old 02-16-2008, 10:11 PM   #1
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I'm new to this site and I love what I've read so far.

I have some raw crown molding in my bedroom that I need to prime/paint/caulk, and I'm not sure about the best approach. Some say to prime first, then caulk, then paint....others say fill the holes, caulk, prime, paint....

Which is the right order?




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Old 02-16-2008, 10:24 PM   #2
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This is probably a matter of both preference and color.
If you have white ceilings, and white crown I would caulk the ceiling joint after painting if the colors are different then caulk first. Either way there should be a minimum amount of caulk. Very fine cut on the tube. Fill and sand all nail holes and corners prior to painting


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Old 02-16-2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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Painter's caulk is great for the joint lines between the molding and the ceiling and the molding and the wall but not so good for nail holes and cracks as it shrinks when it's drying, leaving a visible depression. Use a good nail hole filler or non-shrinking spackle on the nail holes and imperfections.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:00 AM   #4
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Prime the moulding on the ground, and sand it before hanging. Then caulk and spackle, spot prime any splices or outside corners that may have been "massaged" with sandpaper on installation and show raw wood, sand the new primer and spackling, then finish paint.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:01 AM   #5
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It's hard to spot all the little holes and imperfections on raw wood so I give the wood a sanding, vacuum and tack cloth it off then prime. This will show all the imperfections. I then do all the filling first ( nail holes, dents and so on) then sand and clean and tack cloth. When I am happy with that I then do my Crown to ceiling, crown to wall caulking using painters caulk. The idea here with caulking is to just use enough to fill the voids between the crown and the surface. Use a damp cloth the wipe the excess of the wall and just your finger or tool on the ceiling. You don't want to remove any of the texture so a damp cloth is not recommended.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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Proper procedure is to prime first, then fill and caulk, if painting.
If staining then stain and finish, then fill holes with color matched putty.

It's fairly common though, to fill holes on raw wood before priming/painting.

Always paint the caulk. Caulk yellows and it's counterproductive to use a long lasting paint while the caulk turns colors in a year or two.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:32 PM   #7
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In my experience i've always fill nails holes, then prime and paint. This is no necessary the right way to install crown moulding, you can also prime the material before installing, or even prime, paint, and then install, filling the nail holes last. It all depend on your situation.
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since it sounds like it's already mounted I personally would

1. get blue tape and mask off top and bottem of CM apply tape 1/8 inch away from CM sound time consuming but trust me it's not.

2.Get acrylic paintable caulk and apply it where the CM and tape meet with a damp rag wipe access caulk off with some pressure continue steps 1 and 2 where the CM will go.

3. after about 20 min prim and paint remove tape right after last coat while paint is still wet pulling the tape not down or out but back so your not pulling the paint away from wall.

Ive been painting 25 years and I always fine ways to cut corners this one works every time .

you can also use this same method in corners where new colors are used


A drop cloth isen't to catch paint, It's to protect what is under so wipe the drips as you go and don't track.
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