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Question DetailsAsked on 5/12/2017

Is there a difference in cutting in the paint first before you do the walls? Is there a difference in what order do I paint a room

The steps in painting a room in what order do I paint the trim doors wall ceilings

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Generally, top down, "field" areas before trim areas, and out-of-the way places like window bays and closets before the field areas. And almost always sprayed before hand-painted surfaces. So - usually ceiling first, then cut in the top of walls and along masked trim (if not getting same paint, which is generally not a good idea) by hand with brush, then roll/spray the field, then hand paint doors and window frames (and trim at same time if same color), then unmask trim and finish it after the adjacent surface has dried, to avoid intermingling wet paints.
[Cutting in should not start to dry before the adjacent field area is done, so commonly done one wall or straight line run at a time. Otherwise you can get a darker band along ceiling and trim interfaces.]
Varies some with spray jobs - sometimes they will do all walls and trim and doors and such first then mask all that (and the floor) and roll or spray the ceiling last, especially if the usual white and they are spraying the walls dark, because it is hard to protect the ceiling against spray so doing the ceiling last covers any overspray or misting on it. If doing that, you need to let the wall paint thoroughly dry (commonly several days) and use low adhesion masking tape so you do not "pull" the new finish off. Some painters, especially when doing oil-based on windows/doors/trim, do them first and let dry several days, than mask off as a unit and do the rest of the room, then remove masking. That is because a bit of latex wall or ceiling paint wipes off oil-based easily - not so much oil based drips off latex surfaces. Floors and transition strips and base trim almost always last to be done. Oh - and as soon as protection like masking is not needed any more remove it from any surfaces adjacent to newly painted surfaces (meaning usually not the flooring till totally done) - do not let it sit and have the paint dry against it, or you will get paint peeloffs - plus you invariably have a few minor touchup spots where the masking over-covered areas that should be painted, so if hand painting (brush or roller) pull the masking tape wall by wall at least and touch up as needed, then on to next one, blending in at corners as applicable. Of course, if spraying then entire room needs to stay masked/draped till the spraying is done. My preference on flooring and furniture protection is taped-down 3 mil or thicker visqueen for paint-proof protection and in case of an entire tray or can spill, then covered with painters canvas tarps which protect the plastic from tearing and absorb normal drips and splatter, and in event of a spill can quickly be bundled up and carried out of the house.

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