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Anyone do trim?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Nubs, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. Nubs

    Nubs Friend of Leo's

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    How easy is it to replace trim in a house? Pretty much all of the trim in my house needs to be white, as it is all natural wood color now. Several other rooms need trim around the closet replaced as well as all bedroom doors.

    Is it easier to replace it, or just repaint it?
     
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    You need a tape measure, a miter saw, a finish nailer, a caulk gun, and a few tubes of caulk. I'd replace it before I'd paint it. Painting means either removing it first (and likely damaging the wall or the trim in the process), or taping the walls and the floor around the trim. And cleaning it really well because paint won't stick to dusty trim.
     
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    How old are you? How do your joints feel?

    I ask, because I've done base, crown... new door casings in about 4 of the 7 homes I've bought.... I just did my current home a few months ago, and my 50ish body.... still feels 70ish. It is definitely my last one.

    If you like the molding that's already there, It's much easier to just prep it, and paint it....

    If you replace it, You can paint it before you install it... But you'll still be bending over, standing up x2000 either way... It's murder on your back.

    Given that it sounds like you lack most of the tools and know-how... Just find a pro IMO.

    If you like the molding, painting seems to be your best option.
     
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    I've done it. If it fits well and is the shape you want, remove and paint it.
    Do yourself a favor and get a trim nailer.... it's just hard to get it properly in place and nail it, you need 3 hands. Get one that will do 2" thin nails... some trim nails wont hold in the wall well.

    You can buy prepainted trim now, although the paint seems to need a proper coating anyway.

    I don't do trim corners with 45 degree cuts, I cope them instead. Because eventually 45 degree miters always open up.

    An OCD :lol: home builder taught me how.
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    I’ve done all of the trim on the first floor and basement of our house . Just paint it and be done
     
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    If you like the trim sizes and profiles, it is easier, and cheaper, to paint what you have. If you want to change up sizes and profiles, then you'll need to pull out the old, and install new. Trim is not difficult and goes quite fast. There are some tricks that you need to know that you can learn on the net like scribing trim for uneven floors, and how to cope inside corners, and how to reliably find studs for nailing, and how to trick the eye when you have doors or windows that are out level or plumb. It's not rocket science though, and is a great bang for the buck job for a DIYer.
     
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    sand it, clean it, prime it, paint it.
     
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    Way easier to paint it.
     
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    You don’t need to remove molding to paint it. Just clean, sand and paint it.
     
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    Lol, it's comical because I am looking for a new house right now. I don't like painted trim. The more natural wood the better. Maybe the stain and varnish could be changed. Another lol, that's work! But that's just me. I'd spend the time taping it off and painting it if I had to do it. Fix all the imperfections first with putty, caulk and such. Good luck with your project.
     
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    I've put in trim. I'm not good at it. I'll never do it again if the heavens smile upon me. Painting trim that's already installed is much easier.
     
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    It would be cheaper to paint it....with oil based paint. If you want different trim, hire someone to put it in and caulk it. You can save some $$ by painting it yourself. Either way you will need to paint it as new trim will have nail holes etc to patch.
     
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    A good beginner carpentry project. Go for it and find your inner wood maker.
     
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    I also learned the coping way and over the years found out that not many people bother with it choosing instead to go the caulking route. I'll choose the OCD method if the choice is mine.
     
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    THAT !
     
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    With my knees I’d get the woman to paint or hire a professional. Either way is a win for me
     
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    I'm a trimmer. It's easy.:D
    Question: Would I like the look of my current trim if it were white?
    If yes, paint it. Trimming your own home sucks.
    If no, just go for it. Get the tools, look up how to videos on YouTube. It will take some time, but, you CAN do it.
    If you have a lot of money, pay someone else to do it. Plug in your favorite telecaster and play it while other people do the grunt work.
     
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    Paint.

    ‘Nuff said.
     
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    The guy who installed my windows and back door saw me about to do a mitre inside cut. He took me aside and spent a half hour teaching me how to use a pencil and Dremel to do it right.

    Then taught me the Masonic handshake, so I wouldn’t show anyone else how.
     
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    Real easy to replace, esp. if you use pre primed mdf.
     
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