How To Paint Moldings Effectively In Omaha, NE: 5 Steps To Follow

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Looking for ways to paint your interior moldings effectively in Omaha, NE?

We’ve got you covered in this article. Painting interior moldings can be quite tricky as it requires the most time and patience. 

For effective mold painting, check out the following details steps and tips; 

1. Choose your brushes

When it comes to buying a brush, the vast amount of choices can be quite confusing. For the moldings, we suggest to have two different brushes:

  • Primer; use angled brush, 3 inches wide. 2 inches to 2.5 inches for a small molding.
  • Paint: angle brush, 2 inches if your molding is wide, 1 inch to 1.5 inches for a small molding.

2. Choosing the right paint

Whatever the color you’ve chosen, it is advisable, if your budget allows, to prioritize a high-end paint that will last longer. You will be able to clean your moldings repeatedly without worries. You will also avoid having to repaint them too often. In terms of finish, semi-gloss finish is the most suitable for moldings. Choose a paint that is suitable for the surface to be painted: wood, prefinished, already painted molding, or new molding never painted. 

3. Clean, repair and sand the moldings

· Clean –Clean all moldings to be painted with a sponge or damp cloth. You can use a cleaning product designed for such surfaces before painting. You will find these products in hardware stores.

· Restore – Using a filler, seal any holes, and imperfections on your moldings. You can use a putty knife and apply a thin layer to holes or holes. Seal the gapping joints at the end of the moldings too. 

· Sand –Even if you didn’t repair your moldings, the sanding step remains essential and will ensure better adhesion of your paint. Sand your moldings gently to make sure they are smooth to the touch.

· For new moldings: 120 grit sandpaper and for rougher or damaged moldings: 80 grit sandpaper would be sufficient. 

4. Apply the primer

With your primer brush (see Step 1), apply the first coat. If you also need to paint your wall, you do not need to use masking tape as your wall will be painted with the same primer. However, protect your floor with canvas drop cloths before you start painting. If you need to paint your moldings, use the masking tape to avoid ruing your wall paint. 

It is crucial to observe the drying time. It is generally between 1:30 and 2 hours, but be sure to check on the label. When the primer is completely dry, sand your moldings (gently) again to make sure they are smooth before applying the coat of paint.

5. Paint the moldings

For the last step, but not least, use your narrower brush to paint your moldings. That will allow you to apply just the right amount of paint without overdoing it. If you’re painting your walls as well, it’s advisable to start with the moldings. Do not forget to observe the drying time of the paint, as well. It is generally recommended to let your paint dry for 3 to 4 hours and apply two coats to make sure you get the best coverage and quality. 

Tip: Remove the masking tape before the paint is completely dry. Go ahead and remove it a few minutes after completing the application. Removing the ribbon too late can cause your paint to pill. 


Although these steps may seem lengthy and require a little more time, they will save you from having to start over in a few months when the paint starts peeling. Also, even if you have to change the color of your wall, you don’t have to repaint your moldings every single time. So quality will go a long way. 

If you need any professional help with painting your moldings and interior painting in Omaha, NE, our team at Brush & Roll Painting can help. We have years of experience and a long list of happy clients we would love you to join.

To get started with us, book a FREE estimate below or call us on 402-932-9764 for more information.