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Old 02-29-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Do I paint the moulding before I install or after?

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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You will get differing opinions on this but you might as well paint it when it is off if you have the room. Then nail it in place. Caulk the edges and fill nail holes. Touch up the trim once installed.

Then cut in the wall color to the crown.

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A lot easyer to prime and paint it before.
Then you only have to do touch up painting.
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if you really want to do a pro job and this is part of an over all paint job ,install it first. you can mabey run a coat of primer before you put it up but its not a big deal either way.ok now its up and primed. fill in your nail holes with spackle .i like ready patch,then caulk in all the gapes, i like sherwin williams 950 A caulk. sand the nail holes you filled then spot prime nail holes you patched.give the crown a very light sanding with fine paper do not remove any primer,just very lightly then dust off. your finally ready to start painting .cut and roll your ceiling and feather some of the ceiling flat paint on the crown very lightly do not leave a ridge of paint .the key word is feather.then paint your crown and feather some crown paint onto wall again key word feather.then paint your walls. typically the ceilings are flat , crown and trim is semi gloss, and walls are flat or satin. something i have been doing lately is running the flat ceiling paint on the crown, i know its not typical but it really gives a good look
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A lot easyer to prime and paint it before.
Then you only have to do touch up painting.
The problem with this is that the sheen for trim paints is higher and just touching up nail holes do not often blend in and are rather noticeable when looking at them with blinds open or lights on.


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This was extensively explained to Joe before, but I guess he likes to have people have woodwork that flashes. He keeps saying the same things.
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This was extensively explained to Joe before, but I guess he likes to have people have woodwork that flashes. He keeps saying the same things.
I don't get on here as much as other sites. Now I know.
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Do I paint the moulding before I install or after?
when we do crown we install 1st while its up we can spot nails,fill cracks between crown and ceiling and wall..prime,and paint...
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There is no question that you will have to paint them after installation, because you need to fill nail holes and cracks, and paint over those.

You can save a coat by pre-painting, but you'll still need to get up on a ladder...
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Joecaption, we're here to teach people how to paint, not to teach new construction cost cutting tips, especially ones that will result in a new construction result. Teaching people to prefinish trim before install and touch up after is pure hack, there I said it. I'm all for tips and tricks, but skipping required steps and deviating from standards isn't among the ones I prefer. If you want to sell your snake oil, go to a general contractor forum, somewhere where it will be appreaciated.
If you have raw wood, prime it on the ground by all means, that's an acceptable shortcut. But once it's primed it needs install where it can be caulked to the wall/ceiling, as well as any other wood joins. Then it gets puttied, which requires two coats to properly cover without flashing. (Actually, putty first, then caulk) As Sean pointed out with touch-up, I'm sure that on close examination, or in the right light, your brand of finishing probably looks like a rampant, horrible case of measles. Among the pro painters, of which I don't consider you, you have no supporters. Please drop that certain recommendation from your repetoire, and respect the consensus.

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