Tips on installing flexible baseboard

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Old 09-12-19, 04:11 PM
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Tips on installing flexible baseboard

I am just finishing up installing the 6 inch baseboard I asked about in other posts, but had to order some flexible molding for some walls with tight radiuses. I pulled up some tips on painting and installing flexible moldings, but thought I had better check here before starting. Here is a link to what I mean. Flexible Moulding Installation Tips ? Flex Trim

I gather that it is best not to paint this stuff until it is on the walls and it should not only be nailed but affixed to the walls with adhesive. Hence I plan to paint it with a brush and, even though it is not required, use a primer. I am using a Benjamin Moore Acrylic latex.
 
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Old 09-12-19, 07:55 PM
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It's about like using/nailing wood. I use PL polyurethane adhesive with it.
 
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Thanks XSleeper. The manufacturer of the stuff I received actually recommends that PL for those using adhesive. The only thing different I am going to do is not paint it prior to installation. Manufacturers of some flex are concerned that paint might crinkle if applied prior to installation. Do you have any thoughts on that?

Since I am only doing 14 feet of flex and the rest of the bb is now done, this is being painted with a brush. Though supposedly not needed, I will prime, and then apply two coats.
 
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Well, their instructions specifically say not to paint before installation, so that's a good call.
 
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I confused this, but those are instructions from a different manufacturer of fleximobile molding. Mine says nothing about crinkling or painting before installation, but just to paint like it was wood. Whether there is a difference between the two products or not I have no idea.

My concern is this is being installed in a house with wood floors and it is a bit difficult to keep paint of the floor even when they are carefully taped off, since the walls are curved - the reason for using flex.

I am going to experiment with a foot of scrap. Put on a single coat, without using primer (though this stuff is supposed to be "self priming"), install it, and see what it does after drying overnight.
 
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