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Mjkast 03-30-2013 12:49 PM

Painting floor molding
What type of paint should be used on floor molding (pine quarter round specially), in a tile kitchen or bath. The last stuff I used is now peeling off because it gets wet when the floors are mopped. I believe the type used before was a high gloss white enamel, and the molding was primed before hand. Want to redo, but want to use a paint to prevent this happening again.
Thanks for any help.

jsheridan 03-30-2013 01:15 PM

The problem is not so much the paint, but the fact that water is getting under the quarter round. I doubt the underside of the trim is sealed. The water gets under it, is wicked into the bare wood, and then pulled through the front taking the paint with it. I faced a similar problem with quarter in a bath, and where it butted the tub on both ends there was continual peeling. I caulked the quarter to the tile floor and that solved the problem. You'll need to bring the paint out over the caulk by 1/16th to protect it and prevent it from collecting dirt. Either that or pull it and replace with a new non-wood, synthetic, quarter that will not absorb water.

DannyT 03-30-2013 05:47 PM

i paint all my base and shoe molding with benjamin moore impervo oil based.

jagans 03-30-2013 06:33 PM

In the kitchen you might want to use vinyl cove molding, and in the bathroom a vertical bull nose tile. These will hold up to wet mopping much better.

joecaption 03-30-2013 06:40 PM

For this to happen you would have to be using way to much water when washing that floor.

Rojo68 04-03-2013 01:01 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1149252)
For this to happen you would have to be using way to much water when washing that floor.

This ^^^^^^

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