Do I need to Cope painted Trim?


Old 01-31-06, 08:27 AM
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Do I need to Cope painted Trim?

Should I cope painted Trim (Baseboard, Crown molding)? Or will mitering it and caulking it look just as good? Thanks
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Old 01-31-06, 09:23 AM
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Trim always fits better when coped. It is especially important on stained/natural woodwork. If it is easier for you to use mitred corners caulk will hide any bad fits. We used to have an old saying 'with enough caulk we can make anyone a carpenter'

As long as trim is caulked well, mitred joints will look as good as coped ones.
Old 01-31-06, 05:04 PM
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You will find that MDF doesn't cope very well, so you may have to miter the joints carefully. No room is square - rule #1. Some of your joints will be obtuse and some acute, so you will have to determine it prior to cutting. Be sure to cut both pieces of molding with the same angle to keep one of the pieces from being longer than the other. Do this on your outside corners, too. Just like Marksr says, paint guys make us wood butchers look goooood!
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I believe the saying goes.....caulk and paint makes a carpenter what he aint!

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