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Old 05-05-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am going to attempt to install some wood crown moldings in my guest room and I know the wood needs to be primed and painted first. I was at Home Depot and saw the following Behr paint that has primer in it, which supposedly saves you time from having to prime them paint the molding. Basically it is a primer and paint combination.

PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel

What are your opinions of using this Behr combination of primer and paint? OR for best results, should I just prime then paint separately? What primer and paint do you recommend for the crown molding?

Thanks.

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Hello,

I am going to attempt to install some wood crown moldings in my guest room and I know the wood needs to be primed and painted first. I was at Home Depot and saw the following Behr paint that has primer in it, which supposedly saves you time from having to prime them paint the molding. Basically it is a primer and paint combination.

PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel

What are your opinions of using this Behr combination of primer and paint? OR for best results, should I just prime then paint separately? What primer and paint do you recommend for the crown molding?

Thanks.

OJ
For the price you pay for Behr, you could get a superior paint in my opinion from Sherwin-Williams and have a job that holds up longer. The only thing on the Behr side is that it is crown and will not be touched, unless working with the Behr drives you up the wall... In that case the warranty is null.

The Serious side of it is that the people in the Box store work in plumbing one week then painting the next then lumber the following. They do not have a clue of what to suggest except what is on their cue cards.

I guess if you already bought it and its your thing, then go ahead and use it. For people who always look for the cheaper way out do me a favor. If you ever have to replace your heart valve just price around for a general surgeon instead of the heart specialist.

What sent me off on this subject was what you said when you said you were going to "ATTEMPT" to install crown. I have seen many home owners attempt to do so and the results were not good.

Unless you know how to use the coping saw and miter your joints it will look like a eyesore.

Of coarse a friend of mine back in Floirda is the Crown king of after market install. He owns a company and runs a crew of 4 guys. Slammed all year and he charges $6 LF for install for materials, painting and installing. They do it all the time and still suck at the painting part lol

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Pre-primed MDF moldings, else prime with a quality primer. Then cover coat with SW waterborne enamel semi-gloss. Install, caulk, and touch-up.
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I would suggest using a separate primer and paint when it comes to your crown molding. The primer/paint combination will not be as effective. In terms of specific brand names is really depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you shop at any of your home improvement stores, typically all their paint is of high quality.
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Wood needs oil primer. Most here recommend Zinsser Cover Stain Oil. It's really good stuff. Topcoat with a quality paint, and that means staying away from Behr.
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Thanks everyone for your reply. So based on the responses I will be going with a separate primer and paint.

I am thinking of getting the Zinsser Cover Stain Oil as the primer and the SW waterborne enamel semi gloss paint. How does this combination sound?

Also I am guessing I should prime the entire molding, back and front. Should I paint the entire molding too?

How can I paint this molding. I don't have a work bench etc? I was going to lay the moldings on the floor on a plastic tarp in my garage and paint?

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prime and paint entire, yup.
tarp on the floor or tabletop is fine, lay some scrap strips of 1x or 2x whatever down first to lay the moulding across so it'll dry better and it will be easier to handle and paint each piece if you can get your fingers under it.

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Ok,

So I primed the molding with the Zinsser Cover Stain Oil and then I sanded afterwards.

Do I need to wipe the molding with water after sanding or just dusting it off with a dry cloth is good enough?

Planning on painting with the SW waterborne next.

Thanks for your help so far. Appreciated.

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