How To Salvage Molding and Trim for Reuse

  • Salvaging Molding and Trim for Reuse.  Certain types of moldings and trims are excellent choices for salvaging.  This is particularly true of those made from wood and wood materials.  Many DIY like to salvage old molding and trim from older homes and estates that have a particular style or design and are still in relatively good condition.  These can be invaluable in creating a special decor by simply restoring the wood and refinishing it with a different look.
  • The Value of Molding and Trim for Reuse.  Considering the expense involved in the purchase of new molding and trim and the cost of raw materials like unfinished woods, salvaging molding and trim for reuse makes a lot of economic sense. Molding and trim can easily be reused so long as it has been checked for any major cracks or other flaws.  If the material is relatively intact, it's a simple matter of removing all surface coatings with a good paint or finish remover.  A light sanding to smooth off any rough edges may also be necessary if there are tiny depressions or "scars" visible.  Any light-weight sand paper is adequate for this job.  Sanding equipment for small and detailed sanding projects is available in any large hardware emporium.  Once the surface is smooth, a light buffing with a chamois or an electrical buffer will removed any dust particles and bring the surface up to a natural gloss.  The molding and trim is then ready to be finished in paint or stain, as is preferred.
  • Choosing The Right Molding and Trim Paints and Stains. Once molding and trim material are ready for finishing, it's a good idea to use a polyurethane undercoat as a base.  Allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding with a final coat.  Many people who learn how to salvage molding and trim for reuse like the appearance of natural wood.  The finish all depends on the molding and trim style as well as personal preference.
  • Other Types of Molding and Trim for Salvaging.  Wood molding and trim are the most widely used types available.  Molding and trim can be salvaged from other sources such as restaurants and old buildings like banks and churches.  Those who are most involved in molding and trim salvage for reuse find that estates, Victorian homes, older retro homes and even old railroad passenger coaches offer the most unusual types of molding and trim.  All it takes is ingenuity and a bit of creativity.  


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