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I have two wall corners that I want to put corner guards on :
1. Entryway wainscoting often gets banged by luggages
2. One kitchen corner (plaster) occasionally gets hit by pots.

I’m looking at stainless steel, aluminum. I’m also looking at vinyl/PVC but they’ll have to be painted since they seem to usually only come in white.

Do you have corner guards in your homes? Could you post photos? I’d especially like to see how the metal guards look inside homes.

I’m also curious if decorative metal guards are available - you know, with texture or shapes/cut outs but they don’t seem to be that common.
 

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If you're into wood working or have a friend that is you can be a real DIY'er and make your own corner beads of wood, with a profile you like or Plain Jane as ours required, for about 10 cents / ft. using Poplar lumber and paint. I made a couple dozen using Ash lumber when our house was built because that's what was the IN thing then and they're still doin real good.
 

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+1 on wood. We've used the self-adhesive 'plastic' ones but the glue dries out and you end up trying to re-glue them or use finishing nails, which don't work well since you are just going into drywall.
 

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We have bullnose that is 1" radius. It is metal underneath and covered by an intaglia type wall covering that looks like a knock down finish. (It is a manufactured home so it gives the walls a bit more strength and prevents cracking during transport.)

After almost 20 years, the corners are in surprisingly good shape.
 

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I have used these clear plastic corner guards in several areas where one wall had a wall covering ("wallpaper") and the adjoining wall was painted without a covering. This guard kept the covering from peeling and protected the doorways from basic banging and rubbing. It uses screws/nails to attach and the holes are already punched. It lets the natural background color show through and is almost unnoticeable.
 

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@senior, your wood corners do still look good.

But wood corners on my wood wainscoting will look overly woody.

I like the metal ones - thin enough to not make the corners look bulky and conspicuous. They’re aluminum. Depending on how glossy it is. I might have to just spray paint. Don’t want shiny black on the corner. I have anodized dark bronze spray paint that looks quite classic. I’ll have to choose a spray paint color that would go nice with sort of khaki beige plaster (kitchen).

Now, if I could find stainless steel (so far, none in the HD website but saw them on Amazon), I won’t have to do any spray painting. I’ll see how the stainless steel looks like - if it’s not too industrial looking. Our condo has stainless steel corner guards in the lobbies. They look very nice but also very office-like.

I’m tempted to go with aluminum because they’re so cheap compared to stainless steel.

Jboot, that clear vinyl corner guard is what I currently have on the wainscoted corner. I don’t like it. Looks too plasticky.
 
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