I'm getting whole new carpet in the house. I want to paint all baseboards
myself before the change. Will the carpet installer take off baseboard for
carpet change? I'm trying to figure out when would be the best time for me
to do the painting easily.
Any advice appreciated.
no, the carpet installer won't take off the baseboard. your best bet
is to paint them before carpet. then you will have to go back and
touch up because the installer will inevitably scratch the baseboard.
And, paint at least 48 hours ahead of time. Double that if the weather's
humid. I don't care what it says on paint cans. It takes longer to really
cure. If you've ever seen carpet fuzz stuck to baseboards, which indicates a
cob job, you'll understand what I'm saying.
Then I'll paint the baseboard with the old carpet on. I don't need to care
how dirty the carpet will get. But I expect it's really hard to get paint to
the bottom part. I'll try to lift up the carpet close to the baseboard, the
work would be much easier if I can flip it away .
No! If you're 100% positive the new carpet is a done deal, remove some of
the old stuff to paint the baseboard. Think about it. First of all, the old
carpet might prevent you from painting the baseboard all the way to the
floor. The old carpet will leave fuzz stuck to the paint. And, the new
carpet might not cover the part of the baseboard that you miss.
Or, it's a cob job.
Or, at least remove 6" or a foot, so you can work without any fuzzy crap
invading your beautiful paint job. How often do you get to do this, know
what I mean? Every 11 years? People look at molding when they come into your
house. YOU look at it! Do it right, with an insane level of obsessiveness.
How the hell do we know what your carpet installer will do? Call him, ask
him. Don't waste our time our ours asking questions on here that nobody can
answer because they are not the folks who will be doing the actual
Is it normal practice for carpet installers to remove and replace tha
baseboards? Do you know? Do you truly think they're all so different?
Are you trying to help?
The answer, IME, on both coasts and the middle of the U.S. is - no.
Although who knows what folks do what they'd usually not do, or not do what
they'd usually do, around a grouch like you.
I just went thru this.
I pulled up all the old carpet myself.
Some of the baseboard was showing it's age,
I pulled it off and installed new.
I also put in new quarter rounds at the floor.
The installer didn't like the new quarter rounds.
The old were about 1/2 inch high, those were OK,
but the new 3/8's that I used, he claimed wouldn't look right
with carpet. He recommended no quarter round at all.
I didn't want to remove them everywhere so I just replaced
the smaller ones with larger ones.
I your case, I'd say, now's the time to paint.
You can paint after installation, but it's harder.
You don't have to remove the carpet like I did.
I had a room where carpet had been installed, then the baseboards
You could tell. The carpet was stuck to the paint in places. The
painter did a good job - I'd have made a huge mess out of it if it were
me - but clearly the carpet should have been installed after the paint.
...and don't worry about paint on the carpet! Several years ago we were
about to have new carpet installed and I wanted to paint before. One day
I came in with a drippy can and set it right down in front of the wife.
She just about came unglued and I laughed my ass off. She then realized I
was busting her hump; the carpet was going in a week or so.
You're not a painting contractor? Good. >whew<
I mean, who wants to live with that for even a week, and deal with possibly
tracking the paint around?
I've done this job, with intent to replace the carpet, and it still pays not to
be a slob. For one room, the carpet arrived with a defect and the store
immediately reordered with apologies. But that meant a coupla more weeks living
with the old carpet, laid back down loosely. Since I do things with care, it
wasn't a big deal.
It dies in minutes on things like carpet, which is why I use canvas drop
I brought it up as a joke I played on the wife. The *fact* is that if the
carpet is coming up anyway there is no reason to ba anal about getting
paint on it. It *WON'T* trak more than a few feet and that's likely still
on the carpet that's leaving in a few days.
NO, it seems your ass is too tight to giggle over anything.
There is no point in being an anal asshole either. Sometimes it's good to
just relax and not fret over carpet that's going in the landfill tomorrow.
It's a *LOT* easier to not bother with drop-cloths too.
Grow up B!
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