What Type of Paint is Best to Use on Crown Molding?

process to paint crown molding

As any painter worth their salt knows, painting crown molding to give your room that extra refinement is no easy feat.

However, as a DIYer, you can achieve professional-looking results if you choose the right kind of paint and the correct brushes.

The best type for crown molding is acrylic enamel paint, often labeled as “trim paint.” This paint provides a stiff, ultra-smooth finish and has excellent adhesion, both of which are necessary for painting crown molding.

If you are wondering which brand to choose, Behr Semi-Gloss Enamel Paint and Primer is an excellent, safe choice for your home.

After working with it many times, I can say its zero VOC and mildew-resistant properties are worth trying.

The paint comes with just the right consistency for crown moldings. It’s easy to apply without any brush marks and easy to clean.

Plus, the paint and primer in one can potentially save you a good time.

Choose the Brushes Carefully

In addition to the paint itself, you’ll need to invest in good varnish brushes designed explicitly for trim work.

The brushes to paint crown moldings should typically have tapered edges and longer handles to allow you to reach higher areas and quickly go around the curves and small corners.

Depending on the manufacturers, varnish brushes (also interchangeably called angular brushes, sash brushes, or trim brushes) can hold more paint without creating unwanted brushstrokes.

Choose natural bristles for oil-based paints and synthetic brushes for latex or water-based paints.

Also, clean your brushes after each use to keep them in good condition and maintain their quality for future painting projects.

How Do You Paint Crown Molding?

Once you know what paint and brushes to use for crown molding, you can begin the painting process as detailed below…

1- Prepare the Area

First, prepare your work area by covering anything you don’t want to get painted.

Use a plastic sheet or a canvas tarp around the edges of your walls and tape it off so that the paint does not get on any carpets or furniture.

Then, dust and clean the crown molding with a dry cloth and vacuum up any debris around the area.

2- Prepare the Crown Molding

Next, lightly sand the molding to create a smoother surface for paint, and use a damp cloth or vacuum to remove dust and dirt from the molding.

Use wood filler to make repairs if you notice any cracks, nail holes, or dents in your molding.

After the filler dries, sand down the entire crown molding in small sections. Once you’re finished sanding, wipe the surface with a damp rag.

If your surface already has a glossy finish, sand it lightly and apply a deglosser before you paint so the paint will adhere properly.

If there are imperfections where the crown molding meets the wall or ceiling, prime the molding first and apply the caulk.

Use your fingers to spread out the caulk evenly for perfect results.

3- Prime the Crown Molding

After sanding, prime the crown molding with one good coat of primer like KILZ Original.

This will help ensure that the paint adheres properly to the surface of the molding and also provide a layer of protection for your paint job.

Use long, drawn-out brushstrokes when applying the product. Always start a new stroke by brushing in the direction of the last one – this will create a more seamless application.

Be sure to use light strokes at the end of each section for an evenly blended finish.

4- Paint the Crown Molding

After the primer has dried, it’s time to apply your paint with a brush using the same technique as above.

When painting crown molding, always use skinny coats and move in only one direction.

If you try to paint too large of an area at once (more than 10 inches), the coat will be uneven.

Besides the above tips, keep in mind these things:

  • To paint your entire room, cut in and roll the ceiling first, then paint the crown molding. After the crown molding is dry, cut in each wall and roll it too.
  • If you plan to use light colors on the crown molding, apply two coats of paint for good overall coverage. And allow sufficient time for each coat to dry before painting another layer, or else you won’t get the expected results.
  • Also, don’t go back over areas that have already begun drying – the paint becomes tacky after drying, and you’ll make a mess. It’s best to touch up or cover any problem areas with your second coat once everything is dry.

Can You Use Ceiling Paint On Crown Molding?

I think ceiling paint is not the best for crown molding for three primary reasons.

  • The first reason is ceiling paint has a low-sheen finish which gives it a flat look, the opposite of what is recommended for crown moldings.
  • Secondly, crown moldings should shine more to stand out against other trims or walls.
  • And third, crown moldings shouldn’t match ceilings anyway, so there’s no logic in using ceiling paints.

Just in case you do not have the right paint for your wooden crown moldings, you can use a wood stain instead.

The oil-based stain applied with a natural bristle brush or a lint-free cloth will not only protect the wood but also give it a nice glossy finish once you finish it with a good sealer.

Applying a sealant layer is essential to protect the paint or stain from scratching or fading.

So, make sure to use a quality sealant on the crown moldings after painting or staining them.

The bottom line

Painting your crown moldings is easy if you use high-quality acrylic enamel paint with an eggshell or semi-gloss finish.

Preparing your moldings for painting is a must, so make sure to sand and prime them properly before you start painting.

And don’t forget to apply a sealant layer after painting to protect the finish.

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