How to Paint
Crown Molding

Crown molding adds a touch of elegance to any room, and a fresh coat of paint can elevate its beauty.

Painting Crown Molding

In the steps below, we'll guide you through the process to make painting your crown molding a stress-free experience. 

1. Tape Off the Walls and Ceiling

For precise lines and a professional touch, tape off the walls and ceiling. Use quality blue tape, pressing down to create a tight seal. Minimize paint bleed by keeping the paint on the trim, not the tape. Next, make sure you have the right paintbrush for the job. Zibra’s Fan Paintbrush was designed with molding in mind. It hugs around unique shapes and crevices, leaving a smooth finish. 

2. Choose the Right Paint

Choosing the right paint and sheen is crucial. Opt for a glossy finish to make the crown molding stand out. Consider the room's style when selecting colors too–would a strikingly different shade work well, or should you opt for a more subtle shade to keep the vibe modern? 

3. Paint Deliberately

Crown molding's multiple edges and curved surfaces require a deliberate approach. Start from one corner, tackling deeper edges first, then move on to the larger, curved surfaces. Prevent lap marks by maintaining a wet edge from corner to corner. Our Fan Paintbrush will help you navigate the challenging surfaces with ease.

4. Use Two Coats of Paint

Enhance the richness of color by applying two thin coats of paint. Thinning the paint with water or solvent facilitates a smoother application. 

5. Remove the Tape Before the Paint Dries

To achieve a clean edge without chipping or peeling, remove the tape while the paint is still drying. 

Follow these steps, and you’ll have stunning results for your crown molding! Share your projects with us on social media, using @zibrapainting and inspire others on their painting journey! Want more tips and tricks? Sign up for our mailing list.


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