What should I paint first?

fiddledddNovember 18, 2010

For the most professional job, which should I paint first.....my walls or door frames and baseboards? Or ceilings?

We're buying all new pre-hung doors for the interior of our house, and I was thinking how much easier it would be to paint all the trim before we install them. But then they'd probably get all messed up and I'd have to redo them.

We would go ahead and paint the walls before installing the doors, except that we don't have a paint color picked out yet. We're rehabbing a small house, and I'm going to have to buy all new furniture for the smaller space. Until I do that (which will be a bit down the road because there is just too much other stuff to do right now), I won't be able to determine a paint color. Meanwhile, we've just primed the new drywall.

But as a general rule, I've always wondered how the professional painters paint.....what order? And what kind of painter's tape do you use? We've had mixed success with painter's tape......sometimes it has left a residue or even pulled off some of the newly painted surface. Maybe we didn't have a good kind???

Thanks for your help!

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We use the regular 3M blue tape for painted trim. If the tape is pulling off paint, then that is usually an adhesion issue, meaning that the paint is not stuck well to the trim. This is hardly ever an issue when dealing with new trim, especially when a good primer is used. The correct order is trim, ceilings, walls. It's not really a time saver to paint the trim before it is hung because you have to fill nail holes and caulk after installation anyway and then paint over the caulk and the nail holes with two full coats for a professional job.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 7:35AM
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