Re: Refinishing wood trim - remove or leave on wall
Yes it can be done. A 5 in 1 tool is handy, a large putty knife, a utility knife, and a small pry bar. You will probably have some wall damage and old oak is probably very dry and brittle and can be split easily.
Originally Posted by huikri
Start by breaking any bonding material between the wall, the ceiling, and the moulding. Use a utility knife to break paint or caulking bonds. Slid or tap a 5 in 1 tool under the trim and pry up. Do a little at a time and all the way down the trim. Once you have it started use the small pry bar. Slide it under the trim and place the putty knife blade under the pry bar so your pry leverage is on the knife blade rather than the wall. Once the trim is removed pull all nails out the back of the trim, if you try to tap them out the front you will most likely splinter the front surface. And you're ready to refinish and re install. Some wall clean up will probably be required.
Hope that helps,
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