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Old 02-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Painting And Staining Millwork


There seems to be a number of different opinions I have come across as to what gives a better finish for painting or staining of millwork. I would like to know what you guys think? For the folliwing items, is it better to paint or stain before or after install?

1. Doors and casing
2. Baseboard
3. Built ins (window benches, niches, book cases etc)
4. Stair railings, balusters etc
5. Mouldings and crown etc
6. Window sills and casings
7. Shelving
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:49 AM   #2
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Re: Painting And Staining Millwork


Paint after
Stain before
Prime before

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Old 02-10-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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Well you can't include stair parts in that, I mean the spindles if painted you sure want to paint before installed. Had that on my very first new house, an insult to injury and not just two floor staircase but three yikes. Baseboard you stain first but not door frames. Really this question is too mixed up , imagine you are the painter and you have to individually pick up each and every miserable piece in a tiny room and ask yourself " Am I being effective?".
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There seems to be a number of different opinions I have come across as to what gives a better finish for painting or staining of millwork. I would like to know what you guys think? For the folliwing items, is it better to paint or stain before or after install?

1. Doors and casing
2. Baseboard
3. Built ins (window benches, niches, book cases etc)
4. Stair railings, balusters etc
5. Mouldings and crown etc
6. Window sills and casings
7. Shelving
Baseboard, Casings, Mouldings. If you can prime, and put one coat finish thats awesome. Go back after install, fill holes, caulk and apply your second coat(use a paint that wont flash on one coat). Built ins and shelving usually have different finish on most jobs i encounter. so we take them into a shop and prefinish. Really comes down to the job.
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