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Question DetailsAsked on 9/24/2015

I am prepping to paint all bedrooms in my house. I wll be painting ceiling, walls and trim.

Is there a preferred order to paint? Ceiling 1st, trim 1st ,etc?

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Several ways painters do it - some paint the trim first, then after a couple days drying (to avoid peeling off the fresh paint) mask that off and paint the rest from top down (ceiling first).

Others who are confident in not dripping on the freshly painted walls paint the ceiling, then the walls, then come back and hand-brush the trim.

Others work totally top to bottom - ceiling, crown molding, walls, baseboards. Because you are working right next fresh paint when you move to the next surface, this method is normally reserved for large jobs, where each step can dry for a day or so before moving onto the next one - that way any mistakes can be wiped off without damaging the surface it got on.

Of course, whether they are spraying or rolling/brushing makes a big difference too. If doing that, the first two are basically your only viable options.

You have to be careful about masking freshly painted surfaces before they are cured, to avoid peeling the new paint off, and of course that wait time stretches the job out, so option 2 is probably the most common with professional painters. However, you have to be good at masking or "cutting in" brushing to avoid splaying onto the freshly painted ceiling or walls.

Probably the easiest for an amateur, and requiring less masking, would be painting the trim a good few days or so before the rest, then masking it off and doing the ceiling, then walls.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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