I can't believe that in over 3 years of DIY restoration on this house it took us this long to figure this little trick out...SPRAY PAINT.
I am truly a little dense sometimes. All these years, we've been taping and hand painting. It's messy and nervewracking...white paint and taupe carpet do not mix. But this stuff is awesome. Defintely fork over the extra dough for the cans with the cool trigger. It sprays in kind of a diamond pattern and coats like airbrushed perfection. Even I can use this stuff with good results and I suck at spray painting (which probably kept me out of a lot of trouble as a kid).
You really can't tell that it's spray paint:
Sorry for the pink-y tone...didn't have time to white balance the pic.
We did 2 coats, allowing about 3o mins between coats and letting the final coat cure in the sun for about 4 hours. Yes, it is a bit more expensive than hand painting, but not much when you factor in the cost of painter's tape and the fact that time = money.
Obviously, this only works if you're installing new...but, wow, it looks awesome and is such a time saver. It's definitely worth wearing a respirator, too...the fumes are wicked. Happy painting!