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Quickly getting to the stage where I will be ready to either paint and carpet my Theater room. Which one first and why? also does it make sense to install my equiptment first such as inwall speakers, projector install, etc before painting or after?

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Paint! Mess! Paint! Always paint first.

As a matter of fact, I have to remove my in-walls before I paint. I just put them in-place for testing purposes.
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Paint before carpet most definitely. Don't have to worry about making a mess. Also I noticed in my new house that the carpet installers preferred to have the baseboard trim installed before the carpet so with that said it would be even more work to paint with carpet and trim in place.

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Paint first, you don't want to get paint on that nice / costly carpet. Baseboards, some do them before, some after - good arguments on both sides. Anything that involves cutting into the drywall, I would do before painting - with the exception of mounting the projector - projectors are expensive, I wouldn't want to risk banging into it doing painting, etc. - plus, once you install the projector, you start watching movies, and stop finishing the room.
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Paint first so you avoid the chance of getting paint where you don't want it. Also, it is a pain to paint the baseboards with carpet in place. Install everything afterward.
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Yeah I have to agree. The only downside to painting first is there's a good chance the carpet installers will scratch the walls a few times with the carpet and you'll have to touch up those areas. However, it's better to have to do a little touch up than tape off and cover the entire room to prep for paint.
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great. Thats what I thought..so hear is the order :

1.) finish final build out areas
2.) Install inwall/ceailing speakers
3) Mount projector/then remove prior to painting (its going to be a JVC so no big deal)
4) Paint
5) Carpet
6) Pre-paint/stain modelings and install
7) Touch up painting

8) enjoy movies

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great. Thats what I thought..so hear is the order :

1.) finish final build out areas Prior to paint
2.) Install inwall/ceailing speakers Move to After Painting
3) Mount projector/then remove prior to painting (its going to be a JVC so no big deal) Move to After Painting
4) Paint
5) Carpet
6) Pre-paint/stain modelings and install Move to after paint / prior to carpet
7) Touch up painting

8) enjoy movies

See above for my recommendations.
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I did flat black for my baseboards and had them installed prior to carpet. I've got scuffs all the way around my room from stretching the carpet that I can't really wipe off. So that's something to think about. If you can dry lay your baseboards and install after the carpet that's something to think about. You'll still need to touch up nail holes though.
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you need to let your baseboards sit for at least a week also, preferably a month for the paint to fully cure.

otherwise it will be much easier for the carpet guys to scratch when they come by, with their carpet tools.

and it its important to have the baseboards in first if you are putting them in...that way the carpet guys can space the tack strip accordingly for proper fit. (otherwise tack strip may end up too close to the trim (or the trim may end up partialy on top of the tack strip....which would be bad if you ever need to replace the carpet!).
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I just had carpet installed the installer asked that the baseboard be installed first 3/4 inch off floor so the carpet could be tucked under. The result is great. I did have some scratches very minor and I think it has alot to do with how careful your installer is.

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1/2 inch off the floor here. Yes some scratches and scuffs, but 20 minutes of touch up painting fixed that. I also had fabric wall treatments in place and there wasn't a single incident involving the fabric.
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If you're painting with flat paints there should be little to no concern about rubs....

Flat paint can be touched up very nicely without ever seeing the repair - the blend is perfect.

Paints with a touch of sheen will always "flash" when touched up - and the only way to not have this occur would be to put a new layer of paint over the entire wall or baseboard.

One option (that your carpet installer should not have an issue with) would be to simply tack the baseboard to the wall - and then do a quick removal once the tack strips are in place....... reinstall the base once the carpet in completed.

That puts the carpet strips in the right location for future replacement - without the hassle of the rubs to repaint when the carpet is installed.

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I install baseboard by putting a piece flat on the floor as a spacer. It should go down before carpet because the ends of the cut carpet are tucked under.
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Paints with a touch of sheen will always "flash" when touched up - and the only way to not have this occur would be to put a new layer of paint over the entire wall or baseboard.

I used semi-gloss on all my trim and have not had any problems with "Flash". Maybe I don't know what to look for or perhaps the color I used isn't prone to it being noticeable.
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