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Flexible Molding

Wood molding is difficult to bend. Flexible molding provides the perfect answer for any area that has an arch or curve. Adding flare to an existing doorway, providing a new look for arched or circular windows, or putting a new handrail on a staircase are just a few of the ways this molding can be used.

Materials

Unlike wood, which can crack, splinter and break when bent to follow a curved arch, this molding bends without cracking. This unique molding is made of polymer resins that allow it to bend easily to conform to any curve. Flexible molding is rolled up for shipment and once installed will not show any seams or cracks where wood molding, which has to be pieced together, would show seams or cracks.

Advantages

The advantages of resin polymers go well beyond the ability to fit this molding to any arch or curve. It can be sanded then painted or stained just like wood. It is moisture proof and will stand up over decades of use. Since it is made from resin, it is also impervious to insect damage. Interior or exterior redecorating time is cut in half using this type of molding. Instead of piecing together many sections of slightly curved wooden trim, flexible molding, once cut to fit, can be installed at one time. Extreme temperatures do not affect this molding. This allows it to be used on exterior surfaces as well as inside any home. Placing this molding around exterior columns or windows provides an instant facelift to the exterior of any home.



Installation

The installation of this type of molding will require an adhesive as well as pin nails. When placing nails in this type of molding be sure that they are placed at least three eights of an inch from the edge of the molding. Wood grain moldings will loose their grain if sanded. Sanding of only the cut edges is recommended. In addition to polymer adhesives, placing a bead of super glue gel on the edge of the molding strip will ensure a professional finish. Clamps should be used to secure the molding on banisters and other similar areas to ensure that the molding remains tightly secured to the support. When applying flexible molding around windows, tack the molding in place to be sure that it is fitted properly before applying the adhesive. This type of molding can be cut using any wood type saw.

Finishing

The finishing of flexible molding is much like that of any wood trim. Painting or staining prior to installation will provide a more professional appearance and prevent any touch up on the wall surface. This molding does not require a primer coat when painting. Be sure to choose a water-based acrylic paint when painting the molding, and water-based stains work best for this type of molding. It is important to allow each coat of stain to dry completely before adding an additional coat. Once the depth of color has been achieved, apply a clear finish coat to protect the trim and bring out the stain’s rich color. Adding an additional coat or two of clear finish enriches the depth of the color. This molding has been in existence since 1968. Take advantage of this amazing material to provide a quick and easy upgrade to any room or home exterior.

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