Paint the walls and ceiling. Prime and paint the crown before you install it. I always paint before I cut and fit molding. Once you have it up it often only takes a little caulking to finish it up.
Coping helps to disguise the joints better as they expand and contract with the changing seasons. If you perform a simple chop, the gap between the pieces will be twice as large, and probably too big to reliably bridge with caulk.Every "how too" article I've read strongly suggests using a coping saw for one of the pieces when fitting the corners. This seems like a time consuming pain, although I've never done it, so maybe it's faster and easier than I imagine it to be.
How important is using a coping saw to cut the matching profile of one end of a piece butted to the uncut end of another vs. just cutting each piece at a 45 degree angle with a chop saw?
Do most professionals use the coping method as the articles I've read suggest, or is that not as prevalent as the "how to" articles seem to imply?
Does using the coping method impact the "paint before cutting" method as far as marring the paint around the coped cut?
Is the priming on pre-primed molding from HD enough, or should I prime it myself anyway?
I have never painted a ceiling or wall before I put it in :thumbup:It's always a good idea to paint your ceiling, walls and crown molding before you install it. This way you don't have to try to paint around the various components. After you paint everything separately and install it you are done.
Yeah, crown can be extremely aggravating if you don't know what you're doing. It's not the simplest of jobs.Heh. My brother didn't cope, just hacked away with his fancy compound miter saw. Wondered why it didn't turn out right and gave up on the crown. I guess he figured that all those instructions about coping were some kind of ancient runes passed down from the days before miter saws... I informed him there was a reason there was an entire trade called "trim carpenter".