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Should you paint the trim or the wall first?

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January 21, 2008 1:54AM

If you're using rollers on the walls - paint the wall first. Rollers always emit a powder-fine spray of paint into the room. No matter how careful you are, some of it will end up on the trim. By painting your trim last, you cover up the little paint spots the roller made.

On the other hand, if you're not using rollers, you may want to do the trim first. When you get all the slow, detail work out of the way first you'll feel as if you're flying right along when it's time to fill in the big, flat areas.

Bottom line - there is disagreement even among veteran painters about whether to paint trim before or after painting walls.

Hopefully these ideas will give you a way to choose.

For more help on room-painting, try:

http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-paint-room.htm

or

http://www.hytechsales.com/howtopaint/painting_intwalls.html