Painting Room - using latex for walls, oil for trim. is it better to paint the trim first, or the walls?
You'll find it much easier to paint your trim first and then the walls. You have chosen the "BEST" way to paint a room, your going to get a much nicer finish and durability the way you've chosen, Good luck Les the painter
Do your trim first and then the walls. It is easier to do your cuts on the wall.
16 year Painting Contractor
The guys are right, but keep in mind that water based paints (latex) don't stick all that well to oil based ones. You wouldn't want to over-lap too much onto the wall. I doubt you'll run into much trouble because of this, though. The really bad mistakes are made when someone uses water based paint over oil based on trim. It will be a nightmare down the road when it starts to come off.
One more thing. If you'll be painting the base boards as well, let them dry fully before you do the walls, and keep a damp rag handy to wipe off the spatter from the roller.
Make sure the walls are as smooth as possible before painting any wall. Spackle and sand any holes in the walls, and ALWAYS prime the spackled areas. This is the one mistake most homeowners make when painting walls. Otherwise, you will get blotches an the wall when looking at the wall from an angle. Also, using a latex primer on the wall will ensure that the final paint color will go on the wall and produce a superior finish. You should consider primer whenever you are painting, but it is a must when going from a darker color to a lighter color, as the amount of finish color paint needed to complete the job will be less (i.e., 2 coats vs 3 or 4 coats). Additional coats of paint will deepen the hue of the final color, which may be desirable. Oh yeah, do the trim work first.
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