Well when I was working for my painter buddy that has been doing it for close to 30 years in mostly new home construction. Everything got stained first before going up, window and door jambs stained after being hung, and before the trim was installed around them. Stair parts also were also prestained before install. After that, mask, then two coats of laquer sprayed, lightly sand, putty nail holes, wipe down, and spray the last coat, peel paper when dry, and buff out with the same masking paper. Base, crown, tongue and grove boards, cabinets, etc. were allways fully prefinished before going up. Painted woodwork, was a whole different plan of attack, usually not painted until installed, even then though, painted cabinets came in prefinished and hung after the walls are painted. 99.99 percent of the time a brush was only used for cutting in on the walls. Brushing woodwork just takes too long if your trying to make a liveing at it, plus a sprayed finish usually looks alot better.
Last edited by user4178; 11-24-2008 at 01:00 AM.