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Old 12-05-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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I have a friend who wants a bedroom and a dining room painted. He is a perfectionist. Type A personality... etc

We are painting ceiling, baseboards, walls and crown molding in dining room, no molding in bedroom.

And there is a question I can't answer.
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I don't know which to paint first, last. There seems to be ALOT of conflicting information on this topic from what I have researched. I want to know what the professionals have to say about it here.

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I've always tried to paint the ceiling 1st, then crown, then walls, then baseboard
Drips/spray etc follow gravity

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Ceilings are always painted first. Something to do with gravity? Then the walls... then the crown then the baseboard. BUT... most of the time I spray the trim prior to installation and only touch-up the paint where it needed caulking or putty over the nails.
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Paint drips on lower surfaces for the most part unless flung off yout brush or roller. Do the celing, then the crown, then maybe the windows and door frames before the walls depending on which edge will be easier to do last. Then the base boards last.
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I think I'd do ceiling, then trim, then walls. My reasoning is that cuting in the top edge of the baseboard against a painted wall is more difficult for me than cutting in the wall against the top edge of the baseboard.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:49 PM   #6
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Top down. And light colors before dark.
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I think I'd do ceiling, then trim, then walls. My reasoning is that cuting in the top edge of the baseboard against a painted wall is more difficult for me than cutting in the wall against the top edge of the baseboard.
I was taught ceilings first, then walls, then trim. However I sort of apprenticed with these old geezer pros who always did the trim before the walls (and sometimes the ceilings too if in color) when using latex products for the reason stated. It is a lot easier to caulk, do the trim and cut into the trim then it is to try and cut the trim in to the wall. With latex, you just need to keep a damp rag handy for drips. If you use good paint store paint and not box store crap, and good tools, you should not have that many drips anyhow.

Do plan on investing in a good brush or two and other nice tools. A 2-1/2 angled sash brush in the $15-20/retail price range would be a good starting point. If you take care of it, you will have it for quite awhile.

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side note, what finish type should crown molding be? If the ceiling is flat? then the crown molding should be flat too??? or it eggshell?
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Most of my projects seem to end up with semi-gloss (or higher) on all the trim including the crown. Client preference and tradition as much as anything I suppose. I guess I myself am used to seeing a higher sheen on woodwork and other trim.

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