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How to Revive Molding That Has Been Painted Too Many Times (page 1 of 2)

Learn how to rejuvenate old molding and trim even after decades of paint buildup.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Where moldings have been poorly decorated and/or paint buildup has left them in poor condition, simply sanding the area can help. This technique can be used on all kinds of moldings. Paint buildup in the grooves of the profile often creates an unsightly effect. Filling these areas as shown here improves their appearance. Flexible caulk cannot be sanded when dry, so it must be completely smoothed while still wet.

Sand Molding

Sand back the flat sections of the molding as smoothly as possible, and glance across the higher areas of the molding with sandpaper.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove Dust and Debris

Use a vacuum to remove any dust and debris, and then wipe down the area with a damp cloth.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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