I'm looking at purchasing some prefinished baseboard to save me some time. My plan is just to paint it white. Am I correct in my thinking that since it is prefinished, I should just be able to paint it and go?

  • You mean pre-primed, right?
    – iLikeDirt
    Apr 1, 2014 at 17:02
  • No prefinished. See link
    – Scott
    Apr 1, 2014 at 17:30
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    Isn't the point of buying prefinished baseboard that you DON'T have to finish it? If you want to paint it, don't get the prefinished stuff. Get the preprimed stuff.
    – DA01
    Apr 1, 2014 at 20:18

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I don't think that's a very good idea. First of all, the wood is already sealed, so the paint isn't going to adhere very well. Second, you're going to waste a lot of money by purchasing nice grainy oak baseboard, since you're paying for the color and grain that are going to be covered up by paint. You can save a dollar per linear foot or more by going with some finger-jointed pine or MDF pre-primed white baseboard that you then finish off with a coat of paint.

  • I agree, on top of wasted money, the base will need to be sanded to allow a coat of primer to be applied, and then another sanding before the finish coat is applied.
    – Jack
    Apr 1, 2014 at 23:16

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