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Old 01-23-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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paint in place, or before install

I have build the raised panel wainscoting for my dining room and have now come to the dilemma... do I paint (spray) after I install it or do i spray it now then install and touch it up afterwards?
What makes the decision difficult is this is for a finished room, walls are painted, slate floors, etc. Anyone have any suggestions for the method to get the best results and least hassle?

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated...



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Since the rest of the room is finished, doing it before makes more sense to me. Especially if you're spraying. That's what I would do if I were me.


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Old 01-23-2011, 10:21 PM   #3
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Prime and first coat BEFORE. Final coat after installation. Why? Because you will have marks, etc. from the installation so you really don't want the final coat on until AFTER installation.
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Before and After

I agree--I would prime and apply the first coat before installing the wainscot (generally the same with cabinets or whatnot). Then you're going to have to fill nail holes (usually) and caulk cracks as necessary. This would all need to be touched-up if you already applied the topcoat, so you might as well wait until it's all up, then apply the final coat. This would especially be the case if you were going to brush or brush/roll it.
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