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Old 04-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #1
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Painting Before or after laying hardwood?


I've completely renovated my house and now at the stage of considering painting. I have drywall up sanded, but do not have hardwood floors down. Should I paint before laying my hardwood and molding or after. If I do it before, then I have all the dust to contend with. If I do it after, then I have to be careful to cover the floor and not scratch them.



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Old 04-29-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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For me personally, I would do it before putting down the floor. But I'm a messy painter. We installed new carpet in a bedroom before painting and even with drop cloths down and being extra careful, I still managed to get paint on the new carpet.

But if you prefer to put the floors down first, you might consider taping kraft paper down to the entire surface of the floor and laying your drop cloth over it. That way even if the cloth moves, your floors are still protected.


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Old 04-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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I would paint before the hardwood goes down. NO WORRY'S
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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Just to give you an idea of how I see it on a Pro remodel-
All taping done, sanded
Walls/ceiling primed
floor installed , Trim applied
Floor sanded, stained and sealed ( not finished) then covered
trim finished, ceiling and walls finished
Floor finish buffed and finish coated.
Maybe painter needs to t/up base- depending on floor guys mad
or shoe held off until this point and then base and shoe finished.

This is not THE way, but a good way, and how I prefer.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #5
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Brushjockey makes a good point. Floor installers can cause alot of wall damage that means alot of unnecessary touch-ups, which may or may not work. With the floor sealed and/or finished and covered with rosin paper, you can do all the finish trim and wall painting. When the paper is removed, you're done.
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i normally paint the first coat then let the flooring guys go in and do their thing then i go back in and touch up all their boo boos and paint the final coat.


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