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Interior Trim Part I by Gordon F. Tully This month, we'll begin discussing some of the tough questions that come up when working with interior trim. Trim can perform one or more of these four functions: Cover a joint. Enhance the design of a wall or ceiling surface. Protect a surface. Define a change in finish. Natural Vs. Painted Finish By far the hardest and most critical decision to make about standing and running trim is how you are going to finish it. Painting all trim is simple and foolproof. A variety of woods can be used, as long as the grain will lie down when the wood is painted. Pines, pecan, and birch are commonly used for painted finish. One of the chief