Finishing trim molding, such as door facings and crown molding, is often easier to do before it’s installed.

  1. Lay the molding to be finished on sawhorses to prevent drips and runs.
  2. Rather than finishing with a standard bristle brush, try using a small foam roller. Not only does the finish go on faster, but there are no annoying bristles to come off in the work.
  3. Once the finish has been applied, go over it with a foam brush to smooth the finish and remove any bubbles.
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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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