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DH & I searched Lowe's and Home Depot for baseboards as we need to replace baseboard throughout most of our house. All contractors packs of baseboards are already primed, so if we want to stain baseboards to match our wood floors, we have to buy individual boards that cost double the primed boards.

Why are all the baseboard we can find already primed? Why are they so much more expensive than non-primed? Any suggestion on what to paint them if we settle for the primed?
 
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Pre-primed contractor packs are cheaper because you're buying in bulk, but more importantly because it is likely either finger jointed wood or isn't real wood at all.

Finger jointed wood trim is "paint grade" trim. It looks fine painted but stained you'll see where they joined small pieces of wood together to to make longer lengths. If you want stain grade you're going to have to pay the longer dollar. Also, try a real lumber yard or building supply house if you're buying a lot of trim. I can get better prices at my local lumber yard Capitol City Lumber in Raleigh and a better selection than I can at Lowe's or Home Depot. Stock Supply also has a better selection than Lowes and Home Depot.

Here is a little descriptive site on mdf v finger jointed trim. http://www.gifford-park-assoc....ortrimpaintgrade.pdf


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Originally posted by flatlanderjenn:
DH & I searched Lowe's and Home Depot for baseboards as we need to replace baseboard throughout most of our house. All contractors packs of baseboards are already primed, so if we want to stain baseboards to match our wood floors, we have to buy individual boards that cost double the primed boards.



Hmm... my local Lowe's carries unprimed baseboard in contractor packs. Search their WWW site for SKU 35919 (they may have others but that's the SKU I found on one of my receipts)

If you don't see it in the store go up to the contractor desk and ask for it. I'd think you could do the same thing at HD.
 
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One other thing, you mentioned staining the baseboards to match your wood floors. The only way you'll get close to the floors is to use the same species of wood as the floors.

I have oak hardwoods and painted baseboards. The shoe molding is also oak and matches the floor. Pine molding won't look the same as oak flooring.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

 
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