It might appear that painting is a perfectly straightforward procedure, but there are numerous steps you would want to consider that will make the task more easy and professional.
The key of success for any painting project is through preparation and practice.? Most homeowners are eager and willing to paint walls, trims, ceilings, baseboards, and trims.
1 Prepare the molding. Crown molding has to be sanded to make the finish after painted smoother. Crown molding is usually sold bare wood, it is not primed, if this is the case, it has to be prime with a oil-base primer to protect it from weather factors.
2 Measure and mark. The crown molding will be nailed to the wall, other rather nail the molding to the studs, if that was the case you have to use a stud finder and mark the location for the studs. Also it is very helpful to mark a guide of where the button of the molding is going to lay, for this you have to find an angle measurement where two holding come together in a corner and find the measure from the ceiling to the reference line.
3 Placing crown molding. Crown molding copes different than a flat molding. The purpose is the same, however it is better if you use the right tools. Part of the challenge of coping is orienting the molding in the miter box. Mark the button edge of the molding with tape to avoid confusion. Then rest the top of the molding on the bottom of the miter box. Lean the molding back so the bottom is against the back fenced of the miter box. Set the saw to cut at 45 degrees, and miter as if cutting a miter for a normal inside corner. Set the piece so that the top is flush with the saw fence. Test fit the cut, coped pieces should nest tightly against the molding on the adjoining wall.
4 Nail the molding. Hold the strip in the right position and nail them in place. Once all the moldings is up, drive the heads below the surface with a nail-set, and fill the holes with putty.
5 Caulk the seams. Fill gaps between the molding and the ceiling and between the molding and the wall with paint-able caulk. Apply caulk with a caulk gun, and smooth out the surface with your finger or a humid sponge. Also caulk gaps in the joints.
6 Sand and paint. Finally, slightly sand the extra putty left on the molding and apply a heavy coat of paint. These will give the final touch to the way the crown molding is going to look.
Usually, it is use semigloss finish paint for most of the moldings. House painting seems to be easy, but there is always a technique to better different jobs. We have done jobs in different cities like Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, and others..