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Old 01-08-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a whole (factory primed) house interior to paint before I can move in. In this picture ( of a typical room) you can see it has trayed ceilings and double crown mouldings and recessed lighting.

So my thought is to roll everything (per previous advice) . From there it's not so clear.
I'm thinking I should just mask all the crowns first and then paint the (flat) ceilings then (eggshell) walls, unmask and paint the (semi gloss) crowns/trim with/without masked walls.
That's an awfull lot of masking though. (1000'?) Is there a better way/sequence? Should I paint the crowns first, then mask them and THEN do the ceilign/wall rolling? I have "medium" paint skills but don't have the best hand/eye for cutting in fine edges.

p.s. On the recessed lighting, should I just paint over the flat flange section flush with the ceiling to make it blend in or mask it.
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First thing---remove the light trims--they just unhook--Patch/sand/prime and damage

Next---Paint all trims--don't worry about getting trim paint on the walls or ceiling--

Then paint the ceiling---A $20--brush will make cutting easy enough that tape should not be needed.

Next---mask the top of the baseboards---(spatter mask)--Cut in the walls--roll--two coats are needed---avoid using poor quality paints---Use a top quality roller---

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Old 01-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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I alway presand all the walls and ceiling with a drywall sanding pad, with sanding cloth on it. There's always going to runs or flaws that will need to be fixed before painting.
With any room you always start at the ceiling. Those trim rings just pull out once you remove the bulbs.
You better start practicing with a 2-1/2" trim brush. Much faster and will come out better with no peeled off primer if you cut in.
The ceiling, all the trim then the main walls is the order to do this.
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Thanks for catching that---New work (and most old work) Needs a quick light sanding to knock off any crud caught in the old paint job.
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Hey Weehooker, what colors are you using on the ceiling, walls, and trim in that room?
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Thanks Gents, I will follow your good advice. Trim first, then see how hard it is to cut in. Tape will be my last resort. ( Truth be told, the wife LOVES to paint trim but is "not big on neatness.. I need to figure out a way to do it myself.) I will also give it a quick sanding too.

Colors?? The wife is in charge of that but I believe the cieling will be flat white, the trim semi gloss white and the wall colors will vary but be ( Eggshell?) "earthy/craftsman" colors like greans, greys,tans,clay etc. I believe all doors and trim will remain white. The main space ( Living, kitchen and dinning) is slated for a light, moss green as I recall. That said, the factory primer ( on the ceiling) has a slight tan tinge to it. I kind of like that little bit of contrast with the white trim. I was thinking of keeping a little tint in the ceiling.
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Ceilings first, overlapping onto the crown molding
Crown molding, overlapping to to the walls
Sand the walls and trim, do it at this stage because there may be spatter from working overhead
Paint trim (no baseboards), overlapping onto the walls
Paint the walls, overlapping on to the baseboards
Paint the baseboard

I generally paint walls first, then trim. But, it can go either way, and I'll do trim-walls in certain circumstances.
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Ceilings first, overlapping onto the crown molding
Crown molding, overlapping to to the walls
Sand the walls and trim, do it at this stage because there may be spatter from working overhead
Paint trim (no baseboards), overlapping onto the walls
Paint the walls, overlapping on to the baseboards
Paint the baseboard

I generally paint walls first, then trim. But, it can go either way, and I'll do trim-walls in certain circumstances.

I thought I was the only one left in the whole world that still does this
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I thought I was the only one left in the whole world that still does this
Is it really that uncommon? That's how I do it.
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I guess that I should mention that the baseboards are just tacked in at this point. I intended to paint them in the garage then install after the walls are painted and floors installed. ( Realizign I may need to calk them if the fit is less than perfect.

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