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Old 06-08-2007, 02:13 PM   #1
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I'm in the process of finishing my basement and want to rent a sprayer from HD to prime and paint.

What are the disadvantages of spraying the primer and paint prior to installing the trim, doors, and baseboards?

Can it be done?

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I never spray before and tempt to do it... I think if you can arrange to do all painting in one day it is good idea... but if you don't have time and do some and sepread the work to many days or wife want to change color all the time...etc. you better off not to use spray as cleanup the machine is a lot of work I heard and you probably only want to do it once or don't do it and let Home Depot people do it instead....

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In normal circumstances we finish roll the walls last and do the trim/doors first, it is much easier cutting in walls than all the angles of the trim. Plus, we like to spray the woodwork to eliminate the brush strokes found on jams, casings, stools and doors.

As far as spraying the primer first, do it, that would be a huge time saver, but get all the carpentry done first.
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for wood working stuff... why not paint/spray them before installing them though?
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Because all the screw/nail/staple holes have to be filled, doors must be fitted, and all the gaps need caulking.
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I see... for baseboard... I still paint before install and the air finish nailer leave very few marks which I don't bother repaint them... anyway... I suppose your way is the professional way....
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Even a 23 ga. pin nailer leaves too big of a hole for us to ignore, especially something at eye-level like casing or panel molding.
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Couldn't the trim be sprayed before it's installed and then once the nail holes are addressed be touched up with a brush?
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Yes, but you'll see it. Also, the spackle/bondo will need to be primed or you will see it on high-enamel surfaces.

We've brushed miles of trim but only when it was totally impractical to spray. If brushing use an extender, like XIM, to help the finish coat level out. (we NEVER brush doors)
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Thanks for the great info. My concerns (and reasons for wanting spray) are that I have over 6,000 sq feet (not floor space) of wall space to roll. If I spray the door casings, trim, baseboards, etc first, that leaves a heck of a lot of rolling for one person. Also, what about splatter on the baseboards (if they were sprayed first) when rolling from the top down?
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That's why I do the baseboards last

If I had my druthers, I would prefer to prime and paint one coat on the floor/crown/window/door trim off the wall
The last coat would be after install

Touching up nail holes in the top coat of trim paint after install usually looks horrible
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What is you spray the ceiling and walls, and then install the trim and boards and then use a sheild to hand brush the trim and board?
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My concerns (and reasons for wanting spray) are that I have over 6,000 sq feet (not floor space) of wall space to roll. If I spray the door casings, trim, baseboards, etc first, that leaves a heck of a lot of rolling for one person.
That would be like rolling five medium size bedrooms, not so bad with a 9" roller. I could cut-in and roll a bedroom in 1-2 hours.

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Also, what about splatter on the baseboards (if they were sprayed first) when rolling from the top down?
On 98% of our jobs the base and wall are different colors, so when it comes time to paint the walls we run 2" tape around the entire baseboard; this serves two purposes.

1. It "umbrellas" the base from the wall color splatters.
2. Makes cutting in the wall faster.

I'm not saying our way is best, but it has worked for us time and time again. And believe me, I'd much rather spray the base than crawl around on my hands and knees dragging a 2" brush over the whole thing.
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Well the thread on CT got closed.
I spray my base, and then put a top coat on all areas where carpet goes. I then put the top coat on the rest when painting shoe mold during the bump.
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I got to thinking about this and since this is a basement there might not be that much trim to do, so here's another plan of attack that I used when I had to paint the interior of an 1800 sq ft store (new owner, shoe string budget), 10 ft ceilings and I was by myself (helpers were on another job).

There was only two colors, trim and wall/ceilings. So I sprayed all trim first with doors in place (I hate doing that), two finish coats. The next day I "bagged off" all the trim and then sprayed the ceiling and walls. It came out ok, she was happy.

Would this be easier? Hard for us to give advise without seeing the job and not knowing how much time/money you want to spend on it.

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