Walls already painted... so is ceiling...

Old 10-23-04, 05:01 AM
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Walls already painted... so is ceiling...

Husband wants to install crown moulding. I think since the walls/ceiling are already painted, the crown moulding should be painted BEFORE it's installed. (it's already primed). He's thinking it should be hung and then painted.
But, if we do it that way, we'll need to tape a whole lot of area (the ceiling and the wall).

What do you think????

Old 10-23-04, 08:39 AM
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Usually crown molding that is to be painted (not stained) is caulked in after installation. Whether or not its painted before or after installation, the walls and ceiling will need to be touched up anyways. Personally, I paint after its installed, because the nailing of it will require patching, and painting, so why do it twice.
Old 10-23-04, 10:00 AM
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I agree, install it first!!

Then paint it.

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I like to prime and paint moulding before installing. It is easier to lay horizontal in the garage or?, up on stickers, off the floor and roll out the paint and smooth it out with a brush. A couple coats and let it dry, then nail it up. After that I caulk the edges and fill the nail holes. If it's white semigloss the caulking won't show different and its done. If you are doing high end work then repaint whole moulding. It is easier the repaint later as coverage won't be an issue whereas doing it after it's nailed may involve 2 or more coats.
Old 10-26-04, 07:12 AM
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painting after installation is certainly more difficult, but i think it's the "right" way. You have to caulk nail holes and the edge anyways, so chances are you'll sand a bit, then have to paint again.

Be careful caulking on painted walls, it's MESSY!!! Unless the walls are almost white and won't show....

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