You won't believe how simple and easy this little trick is to getting your crown moulding painted without ladders, step stools and DRAMA! Are you ready for this?
Before I share with you the secret, take a look at the cool Rail Moulding project that I just shared here. It's got moulding and you will need to paint it.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I'd take it further and say it's worth far more in avoided spills, back aches, and worse!
As you can see, you PAINT THE MOULDING FIRST, then install it. And yes, after it's nailed into place on the wall, you will need to do light touch-up over the nails. But, honestly, that's nothing compared to the mess and chaos of taping off and climbing ladders!
How To Get The Best Paint Job Finish:
1. Lightly sand down the unfinished wood to remove any splintered cuts or rough surfaces. Then thoroughly wipe away any residual dust.
2. Spray with one moderately heavy coat of primer. Don't spray it on so thick that it drips, though. 123 primer works really well to fill in any wood grain that might be visible, too.
3. Wet-sand the first coat of primer with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper (just keep dunking the sandpaper into a bucket of water as you sand to keep things wet) or buff it with grade 0000 steel wool. Wet sanding works to really smooth out any unevenness in the finish caused by pronounced wood grain, but if you're using a wood like poplar without pronounced grain, buffing with steel wool is probably good enough. Do not skip this step, though, because it will make the finish sleek and smooth, removing the little hairs of the wood that pop up when the primer initially soaks into it.
4. Spray with one more coat of primer.
5. Finish with two or three light coats of your semi-gloss paint. Semi gloss is a great finish for moulding because it is sleek, easily wiped down, and the paint finish isn't easily damaged by cleaning products like eggshell or even satin finish paint is. Spraying the paint will ensure a smooth finish without brush marks, but brush marks aren't the end of the world!
What other secrets to woodworking and painting are you interested in learning more about? Share your comments and thoughts and questions below. Thank you! <3