Archive for the ‘racking’ Category

Spraying & Racking

November 8, 2008

Spraying Balusters Down
Spraying Trim & Doors
Baluster Spray Rack
Setup Doors to Spray
Split Spindle System
HVLP Dialing in
HVLP Maintenance
HVLP Transfer Efficiency
Clean-n-dip Review
Racking 5 1/2" Baseboard
Racking Trim
Full Sheen Ahead
Corrective Finishes

trim rack


Racking Trim

October 11, 2007

One of the areas we can save a substantial amount of time is preparing trim prior to installation. Although today we do very few stained houses, in the past every house we did for years had stained trim. Applying stain and a coat of sanding sealer to the trim before installation saved days of work. We are typically able to stain and seal a trim package for a house approximately 2300 sqft. before noon.

Using saw horses and a wool applicator pad, I apply the stain and another person racks it. CAUTION: use this racking system by loading from the TOP and working down. Then unload the rack from the bottom up. See also: Racking 5 1/2" base boards.

Basic Specs:
We used 2×4’s 8′ in length and cut them to 93" to allow for using these racks in a room with 8′ ceilings placed on an angle leaning on the wall. (see photo). Use 3" nails and starting at one end measure your first nail to be 1 1/2" from the edge and space all nails 1 1/2" apart. This spacing allows for your first trim piece to be placed face down on the nails and your second trim piece in the same nail slot face up. This allows you to maximize the racks holding capacity. One rack 93" accommodates 120 pieces of trim, 2 on each nail.

Racking 5 1/2" Baseboard

October 11, 2007

Here is a simple yet effective way of racking baseboard. Ceramic tile is very common in the houses we paint and lots of it. A huge time saver is to get one coat of paint on the baseboard prior to the carpenter installing it.

We set the baseboard on saw horses and shoot them with an airless sprayer then rack them to dry.

The racking system is also used to paint standard 3 ½” base boards. In this scenario, we stand the rack up against the wall. A word of CAUTION when standing this rack against the wall, be sure to load your boards from the top down. We you are ready to remove the boards, remove them from the bottom up.

See also: Racking Trim

Baluster Spray Rack

April 21, 2007

This racking system has been around for some time. You can place the rack on saw horses to position them at a more comfortable height. Here is some information for those who never made one, used one, or seen one. Many of the balusters we see have a ¾” peg on the bottom that will insert easily into a ¾” deep hole in a 2 x 4.

One eight foot 2 x 4 will accommodate 50 spindles spaced an inch and 7/8 apart on center and will allow you to turn them if necessary. For larger balusters you may need to insert one in every other hole. Click photos to enlarge.

Racking Baseboard

April 18, 2007

If you have the option of painting wide trim off the wall here is simple tip for painting the baseboard. The baseboard in the photo measures 5 ½” tall, too tall to stand upright on the racks so we laid the racks on the floor. The baseboard can be sprayed on saw horses and transferred to the rack to dry. The final coat of finish is done after installation, caulking and filling holes. Painting baseboard off the wall is particularly helpful in areas with wood floors or ceramic tile.