How to paint moldings and baseboards properly?

Applying paint to baseboards and moldings can be complicated, but here are a few steps that make it easier to paint moldings.


Wondering if you should use a brush or a roller to paint moldings? Our preference is a foam roller (different from one used to paint walls). Unlike a brush with bristles that leave surface marks, a foam roller has a uniform amount of paint across its entire width allowing you to apply a thin, clean coat that leaves no trace if rolled on correctly. It’s the perfect choice for a smooth, clean finish.

If you do decide to opt for a brush, make sure to use one with a 50mm to 65mm angle (depending on molding size and type). For latex paint, a nylon or nylon-polyester brush is best. For alkyd paint, a brush with natural bristles is ideal.

Apply paint carefully in a straight line along the length of the baseboard, rather than up and down.


We recommend using paint with a glossier finish than that used on walls to set off moldings from walls.

To achieve an opaque, even color, you will need to apply at least two coats.
Before painting, remember to wash baseboards with a soft rag to eliminate any dust and grime.

Lastly, always read the paint container label for the manufacturer’s latest information and instructions as well as special safety instructions.