Tips for Installing Foam Crown Molding
Foam crown molding looks great. This molding is commonly seen on cathedral ceilings and can be done so without the cost and expertise that is needed to install wood molding. This type of molding is not only light in weight but also easy to cut and stick. These moldings look similar to wood crown moldings and it is difficult to tell the difference between the two.
Tip Number One: Placing Joins
Place all joins in the least noticeable areas. It is advisable to have them on corners or sides and not the center of the surface or at a crucial point. An extra tip while joining is to ensure that the joins cannot be noticed when you enter the room or when you sit in the room.
Tip Number Two: Make Markings
Use squares of painter’s tape to mark locations on all wall studs. Stick this tape and fold it on the corners so that they would be easy to hold onto and remove.
Tip Number Three: Sample
When buying the crown molding, ask the store to give you a sample to take back home to give you a better idea of the over all look.
Tip Number Four: Coping
When installing the foam crown molding, leave one end square and cope with the other. It is also advisable to install opposite walls with square cuts on the ends of both and cope both pieces of the crown that goes between them.
Tip Number Five: Corners
For the exterior corners, use a miter-gauge to measure the angles. Very little corners are 90 degrees in actuality. Once the corner angles are measured, the crown cuts can be adjusted to get the right joint. If the exterior corner is open or slightly open, apply some glue and run two nail sets at the same time to crush the ends and close the joints.
Tip Number Six: Painting
Paint the crown moldings using water-base paint and water-base primer only. You may use a spray paint or a paint roller to do so. For small areas and sections, use small foam paintbrushes.