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Old 04-26-2014, 11:43 PM   #1
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Got a question for you guys. About 2 months ago I did a room painting job for a good customer. At the time they didn't want me to do anything with the woodwork as they liked the stained wood look. Now after sometime the homeowner informs me that they would like it painted white. What would your guys reccomendation be as to the easiest and most cost effective way for me to do it. I was thinking of removing it because of all the prep work involved and the fact that the carpet was laid up to it and I was afraid you would see the stained wood finish at the bottom of the trim. Any ideas?
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I hang wallpaper, but I had a guy show me that you could shove a piece of masking tape between the baseboard and carpet.
I don't know if it is this way on all or most carpets because I don't need to do it that often but maybe.
I took a broadknife and slid it underneath, pushed down the carpet and went along the floor with the tape.


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Cardboard would work too

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If it's a simple fresh coat of paint, we use the tape/broadknife approach. If we've got more prep, etc. as the OP described, we use some of the salvage Venetian blind slats that we've accumulated over the years. They'll slip between the bottom of the base and the carpet, and hold the carpet down enough to give room to work. We have enough that we can leave them in place until the paint dries.
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2" blue tape. Tear a length of tape and push up against the baseboard. As you do this, pull the carpet back at the same time, you will get the hang of it. Take a 5-1 and start pushing the tape down all the way across the length of tape. Tape the perimeter and start brushing away. No need for a drop, just set your pail on a piece of cardboard or something you can pull around the room without spilling. Pull the tape when dry.
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If it's a simple fresh coat of paint, we use the tape/broadknife approach. If we've got more prep, etc. as the OP described, we use some of the salvage Venetian blind slats that we've accumulated over the years. They'll slip between the bottom of the base and the carpet, and hold the carpet down enough to give room to work. We have enough that we can leave them in place until the paint dries.
This is the best method I have found. Thanks for the tip. The wide vertical blinds work PERFECT.
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I just use 1" masking tape or 1 1/2" tape and ride half the tape up on the base and pull it down and back to pull the carpet fibers back from the base and I may ad 6" paper to the 1" or just be careful with the 1 1/2 tape line when painting.

If the base is an old Lacquer finish that is dry sanding with a sanding sponge is needed and if it is an old dark finish that powders when sanded an oils primer may be needed to block stains.

A sand and possibly wash and a coat of primer and finish should work, consider the previously painted walls, it is best to fininsh the trim before the walls so you can mask the trim off and do a nice tape & caulk line amd that is what you should be going for.
So after finishing the trim do a tape and caulk line and touch up with the wall color if you can, "much better then touching up free hand" that is unless you can mask the walls for a nice line but that may have happened when you masked to to the base boards.

Watch for either trim or wall peeling either way you go but no need to pull the base off, when you pull the carpet tape the fibers will hide what you missed hopefully and a razor knife may be needed to pull the carpet tape or pull it at the right time.
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I would probably consider carpet masking strips for a job like this where the base has to be done three times. I have also had success with tape, however it doesn't seem to work as well with berber carpet.
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Got a question for you guys. About 2 months ago I did a room painting job for a good customer. At the time they didn't want me to do anything with the woodwork as they liked the stained wood look. Now after sometime the homeowner informs me that they would like it painted white. What would your guys reccomendation be as to the easiest and most cost effective way for me to do it. I was thinking of removing it because of all the prep work involved and the fact that the carpet was laid up to it and I was afraid you would see the stained wood finish at the bottom of the trim. Any ideas?
I think painting would be a quicker approach and less impact on the homeowner, and you, then it would be to replace the base boards. As far as how to paint base boards, with or without carpet, I would imagine you don't need any lessons on that, do you?

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Remove the baseboards to paint them? And then put them back?
Hmmm
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Coloured packing tape on a dispenser works the best for me, it's cheap, and faster than the shield routine.
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Coloured packing tape on a dispenser works the best for me, it's cheap, and faster than the shield routine.
Now that's thinking outside of the box!

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Pt is great. In the same day I learned how to remove popcorn texture and paint base...

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I think painting would be a quicker approach and less impact on the homeowner, and you, then it would be to replace the base boards. As far as how to paint base boards, with or without carpet, I would imagine you don't need any lessons on that, do you?
No I'm good on that lol. I was just looking for the most cost effective way being that I have to scuff all the woodwork cause of the shellac,prime it, and then paint it. I thought it might be easier to take it off scuff it and spray it then doing it installed.
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Remove the baseboards to paint them? And then put them back?
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Being that they are stained and clear coated and not already painted I thought my way might be easier. How would you do it?
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Leave the base in place.
Remove the building that it is attached to and set it aside.
Prep and paint the base.
Set the building back onto the finished base.
Done.
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WOW I ask a simple question and this is what I get. Do me a favor if you have nothing use full to contribute to my thread STAY off of it.
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Just curious, how long as the op been a contractor? Asking how to paint baseboards?? Should'nt that question belong in your DIY forum?
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Just curious, how long as the op been a contractor? Asking how to paint baseboards?? Should'nt that question belong in your DIY forum?
I am not asking how to paint them I know that. This is the first time I have had to paint stained baseboard. Most of my work has been commercial. The problem is the carpet is laid right up to the baseboard. They have 2 layers of padding under it which makes the carpet touch the baseboard at the middle of it. I see that a few guys learned a new way to do it so why all the negativity toward me?
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