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Old 02-26-2008, 01:47 PM   #1
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I have pink crown molding and pink baseboards in my house with walls being eggshell, i am so tired of lookin at it when i come in the house i will go straight to the back of the house. I want to paint but i dont know if i should just get more crown molding or paint over what i have (it is nice molding) and if i should paint it how should i go about doin it try an take it down and paint it and put it back up there or paint it while its on the wall not to mention it has the castle cut outs it not smooth trim work.... (so should i spray paint it or what I need HELP!!!!!!

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Old 02-26-2008, 02:46 PM   #2
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There is really a simple solution really,

1. with blue tape mask or (apply tape) the length of the area on both sides of CM try and keep the tape fairly straight and about 1/8 from the CM

2. do the same thing on the base board just me sure when you get to the floor under the base board you mask to the base board.

3. get some latex caulk and run a bead of caulk between the CM top and bottom and only on the top of the base board. keep a bucket of water for a wet rag with you so you can smooth out the caulking as you go, this will seal the the tape to the wall.

4. pick the paint you want and paint with in the hour remove the tape asap after application paint. Keep in mind if this is a dark pink you will need to paint unless you plan on painting a green.

Most important.. Don't keep the tape on to long it will pull you paint off when you go to remove the tape from the wall.

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Old 02-26-2008, 04:43 PM   #3
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tverhoef - can you explain the caulk part a little better? this is a new trick for me and a job a need to do also but hate. this sounds intriging....
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tverhoef - can you explain the caulk part a little better? this is a new trick for me and a job a need to do also but hate. this sounds intriging....
The caulk and tape trick I use is fairly simple It just sounds confusing..lay your tape down around the area to be painted apply pressure slightly to the side closest to be painted, apply caulk to the edge of the tape wipe excess caulk away with a damp rag what your trying to do is seal the edge of the tape so the paint wont seep under it..remove the tape right after you paint. do no put the tape out or down from wall but back
I have been doing this for years and just lately I have been seeing this on DIY
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[quote=tverhoef;101958]There is really a simple solution really,


3. get some latex caulk and run a bead of caulk between the CM top and bottom and only on the top of the base board. keep a bucket of water for a wet rag with you so you can smooth out the caulking as you go, this will seal the the tape to the wall.

You may have some problems with the caulking you applied if you have caulking bleed over onto the tape and let the caulking dry. You may pull the caulking out - and the caulk should be dry prior to painting.

I usually cut in free handed but realize some homeowners can't. Might I suggest you caulk, allow the caulk to dry, apply tape and then paint. You're right the tape needs to come off ASAP or the paint will peel off when the tape is taken off.

A question about the statement that the water will seal the tape to the wall. When I try this it does the opposite. Am I missing something here?

Have fun!

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There is really a simple solution really,


3. get some latex caulk and run a bead of caulk between the CM top and bottom and only on the top of the base board. keep a bucket of water for a wet rag with you so you can smooth out the caulking as you go, this will seal the the tape to the wall.

You may have some problems with the caulking you applied if you have caulking bleed over onto the tape and let the caulking dry. You may pull the caulking out - and the caulk should be dry prior to painting.

I usually cut in free handed but realize some homeowners can't. Might I suggest you caulk, allow the caulk to dry, apply tape and then paint. You're right the tape needs to come off ASAP or the paint will peel off when the tape is taken off.

A question about the statement that the water will seal the tape to the wall. When I try this it does the opposite. Am I missing something here?

Have fun!

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I don't let the caulking dry because of its elasticity, when sealing the tape to the wall I first apply pressure with my fingers to the side closest to the area to be painted, with a slightly damp rag, after I apply the caulk then use the rag again this time a bit damper...I'm not so much trying to adhere the tape to the wall its the paint I don't want to seep under the tape.

I normally don't cut-in in as much anymore when it comes to a color change in walls I use this technique instead, It's faster, cleaner and so crisp...
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ok thank y'all for that (taping off the CM and BB) but how do i paint the CM with a brush or spray it has that block cutout in the trim looks like something that would be placed around a castle.
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use a smaller brush dab your brush into the corners and out towards the edges one stroke for a lay off finish do not brush across or back in towards the blocking it will cause drips and heavey edges

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