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TchrMommy

08:22PM | 12/28/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
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My husband and I were just at a dinner party hosted by a friend in her new home. I noticed how beautifully smooth and shiny her mouldings, window casings and banisters were (painted white). I know this was done by the sub-contractor for the builder, but how can I achieve this look in my own home? It was so clean and looked like a snap to keep that way. We will be trimming out our 25 year old home very soon. Thank you.

[This message has been edited by TchrMommy (edited December 29, 2003).]

5slb6

12:52AM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The way to get that look is to use good paint and good brushes (Wooster or Purdy) to apply the paint. The surface you are painting needs to be smooth to start with and will need to be sanded with fine sandpaper and then washed with amonia and water to remove dirt.
You also need to find out what type of paint you have on your trim now so you will know if you need to use oil based or acrylic/latex paint. You can check will a product called GOOF OFF on a rag, and if the paint softens it is acrylic/latex and if not it is oil based. Once you find out what type of paint you have the paint store will be of great help in getting you the correct paint and brushes to use.

TchrMommy

07:52AM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Thank you. We actually do not have any trim right now. I have the option of using anything, MDF, pine etc. I have some concerns about using brushes, even good ones. I do not want any type of brush marks. It almost looked like her trim paint was sprayed on. Is this possible?

retisin

02:36PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
If your friends house is a new house then I would be 99.9% certain that whoever painted the house prefinished all the casings and trim and mouldings with a sprayer before they were hung.
So, yes if you are getting new trim in your house too you can get it sprayed or painted 1st before it goes on.

retisin

02:45PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
You can do this on your own and save some money,depending on how much trim and moldings you plan on getting,you can spray this with a rental sprayer from most rental stores for about $30-40 a day.
You can spray most things out with saw horses in a garage just make sure you put down tarps or something so you don't get overspray all over.Just have them show you how to operate the machine.
To spray start at one end of the boards,put like 6-8 boards lying side by side.Pull sparay trigger about 3 inches from where you are going to start spraying and stay about 8-12 inches away from the trim.You want your hand to be movuing before you sparay otherwise you will have a big gob of paint in that spot,always keep your hand moving before you start and after you finish.
The best plan is to practice on some old stuff 1st till you feel comfortable.

TchrMommy

10:16PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Thank you for the tips. Spraying seems less labor intensive as we plan to do it all ourselves anyway. One last question though. How do you go about covering the holes created by the finish nails if the material is pre-painted? Thanks.

retisin

03:09AM | 12/30/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
The holes from the nails should be really small and spaced apart to where their shouldn't be too many of them,and you fill them with wood filler and I just dab a little paint right their.
These are so small (made from either a stapler or brad nailer) and far between that noone should notice at all.
Just like you didn't notice your friends.

5slb6

02:21AM | 12/31/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
I was wondering what you do about were you caulk the trim to the wall and to it's self. We don't see alot of this type of painting on the east coast as it seems to be a midweatern thing. Alot of painters here spray the doors but just brush the trim.

retisin

02:48AM | 12/31/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
All the ones I use of the new home builders around here don't use any caulking on the trim or crown molding,so I guess I haven't ran into this.

BV004966

11:05AM | 07/13/14
Caulk small gaps and use speckling for larger gaps as it tends to NOT shrink. Caulk will shrink on large gaps.

http://www.thejoyofmoldings.com/how-to-paint-moldings/
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