Painting trim


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Old 05-22-07, 10:31 AM
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Painting trim

I am finishing my basement and have decided to go with painted trim and doors. The ceilings will be HD Behr Oyster flat. It's an off-white that leans towards to gray side. It's a good neutral color and it's worked well in other areas of my home. The walls will be of the HD Behr Gobi Desert/Harvest brown flat (beige more likely). I am planning to paint the trim and doors the same color as the ceiling - Oyster. However, I'm going with flat on the walls and ceiling and I don't think I should go flat on the woodwork. What sheen do you guys suggest? Gloss is out, and flat is out. Somewhere in between, maybe semi gloss or sattin? Anyone have a proven combination that ties things together well?
 
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Old 05-22-07, 10:56 AM
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Enamel should always be used on the woodwork. Satin, semi-gloss or gloss, it's all a matter of personal preference. There isn't a big difference between them other than sheen. Make sure you use enamel that is designed for trim, some wall enamels aren't suitable for woodwork.
 
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Old 05-22-07, 05:30 PM
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Thanks Marksr. The HD guy told me I could use regular latex, same paint as walls and ceiling, on the woodwork. But to first use an oil based primer. What are your thoughts on this?
 
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Technically, it's possible to use wall paint on trim, yes
But not a good idea

An oil based primer would be a good idea for raw wood that has knots
Otherwise, a latex primer would be fine

The other suggestion I have is to mention that your project will go much quicker and smoother, and look much better when done if you but your paint from a paint store
You'll get much better advice also
 
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Old 05-23-07, 05:28 AM
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I second buying your paint from a real paint store. It might cost a little more upfront but the ease of application, better coverage and wear negate the extra cost. Us pros use quality coatings because it makes our job easier, look better and last longer = better reputation

Most any paint store [not dept] can match the color of any competitor's paint. You may need to bring them a sample for them to match.
 
 

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