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I have a brand new wall, taped and sanded smooth, ready to paint. What should I do next, prime it first and then nail the baseboard? Or the baseboard first, then prime?

I noticed that professionals working in my building install baseboards first, then caulk the gap and prime and paint the wall, then paint the baseboards.

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I'd paint first. That way you won't have to cut in around the base molding. But that's just my opinion. There's no definitive answer to this question. Either way is fine. –  Tester101 Feb 3 at 15:32
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Part 1: when I do this, I do the walls first. Then, I consider them done; that way I'm more careful with the baseboard. Then I paint the baseboard before installing because it's a lot easier that bending down and painting, plus I won't get paint above or below it. Then I nail the baseboard on, trying to squeeze the top flush with the wall. –  getterdun Feb 4 at 1:40
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Part 2: Normally though there is still a gap between the top of the baseboard and the wall. I caulk the gap with the tip cut just big enough to fill the gap, making sure the caulk goes only in the gap. Then I wipe it with my finger until its relatively flat, and the caulk on the wall is level with the top of the trim. I fill the nail holes with either caulk or window putty or spackling depending on whats handy. After the caulk dries, I carefully paint the top edge of the trim: its relatively easy to paint this edge without getting any on the wall. I also touch up the caulked nail holes. –  getterdun Feb 4 at 1:42

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