ABC News puts Easy Crown Molding to the Test

July 17th, 2009

Sept. 23 (KGO) — Crown molding puts a fine finishing touch on homes, but that touch does not come cheap or easy. But one product promises to make crown molding as easy to put up as holiday decorations.

We’re checking out easy crown molding. Its name is the claim. It’s supposed to be easy to put up and attractive once there. Peel, stick, done! It sure looks easy.

Rick Ali and his sister Ayisha are helping Michael Finney give the easy crown molding a workout.

The tape does stick. The instructions say to overlap the material so we do.

Rick Ali, Hayward: “It’s really not that bad, the sticky thing.”

The kit comes with corner units, but since our corners are all in ‘innies’ and not ‘outties’ we don’t need them.

There are sixteen sections just over four feet long each, so we work our way around the room, overlapping as we go.

Rick Ali: “The edges, that’s my whole thing, you shouldn’t be able to see the edges.”

But we always do. It is easy to work with, with scissors it’s easy to cut the pieces to length.

Here Rick is making the final cut and putting in the last piece.

Rick Ali: “It can go in, that looks better right?”

He cuts the length too short…

Rick Ali: “Oh, we just made it. That’s funny.”

In fact it’s more than funny. It’s better than if he had overlapped. We like the way it looks better. The instructions say you don’t have to paint. And you don’t.

The instructions also say you don’t have to caulk, but all of us agree, it sure would look nicer if you take the time to caulk.

Ayisha Ali, Hayward: “Yes it does bother me, but I think it’s fixable if you had the right stuff, caulk. I think it’s fixable. Maybe we are doing it wrong. Maybe we need to do it a little closer or far.”

Rick says he would recommend the product to other homeowners.

Rick Ali: “As long as they can get the edges perfect, side by side and not overlapping, then we would be in better shape.”

It doesn’t look exactly like wood crown molding, but it’s not bad. To learn more about this product, visit easycrownmolding.com.

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