Climatizing Baseboard

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Old 06-30-19, 12:11 PM
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Climatizing Baseboard

I am installing about 200 linear feet of and am itching to get going, but before cutting to fit I believe I should leave the boards in the house to allow them to get aclimated to the home's temperature and humidity. I am wondering if this is really necessary and if so for how long must I wait. Also, if the cut boards are relatively short (no longer the 5 feet) is this really needed as long as they are nailed soon after cutting?

If the material makes a difference, I am using fingerjoint pine in bathrooms. I may go with mdf or stick with fingerjoint pine for the rest of the house. Those will be cut as long as 14 feet. I am in a dry climate (Southern California) and have no idea where the boards are coming from.

For now, the boards are primered front and back and I have them stacked on blocks to allow for better circulation. I am thinking that if they need to time to become climatized they will do so sooner if I wait to paint them.

Suggestions? (I don't think I will have problem with the cutting or nailing, as I did some crown 10 years ago that has yet to open up, but that was mdf and I don't recall how long I let it sit before cutting.)
 
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Old 06-30-19, 12:15 PM
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Anything paint grade is getting caulked anyway so this is a non issue. Any movement will be quite minimal.
 
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Old 06-30-19, 12:24 PM
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Thanks XSleeper. I haven't used this forum for a couple of years, but I remember you and that your 411 is worth taking ( as is the help of most all of the regulars or moderators).
 
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Old 06-30-19, 01:26 PM
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I may go with mdf or stick with fingerjoint pine for the rest of the house
MDF is good stuff as long as it's not anywhere you can touch it!

I use it for ceiling cove and layered trim but would never put it down on door casings or baseboards since it is so easily dented.
 
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Old 07-01-19, 03:17 AM
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MDF paints beautifully but as Marq said it can be easily damaged. I've never known of any wood trim needing to acclimate. I couldn't count the new construction houses I've painted where the trim was nailed up the same day it was delivered.
 
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Old 07-01-19, 05:18 AM
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Environmental acclimation is critical for flooring, for building products this is the first time I have ever heard it mentioned.
 
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Old 07-02-19, 01:38 AM
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Between the two of you I am settled on doing not just the bathroom BB in pine. A few years ago I had no problem with MDF, but that was for crown up where you don't touch it.
 
 

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