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Peel and Stick Crown Molding

Updated on January 1, 2012

Types of Peel and Stick Molding

If you want to add a bit of character to a room, peel and stick molding may be just the thing to try. The molding is available in a wide variety of materials and styles. Most likely you can install it yourself - quickly, it can hide blemishes, and the cost is small compared to real molding and mill work.

Peel and stick molding can be used near ceilings, to create chair rails, for door crowns, and for a variety of other architectural details.

Additionally, if you do not like the results, you have not spent a fortune. This also makes peel and stick molding ideal if you would like to try the look, but you are not sure if you'll like the results or want it permanently.

Listed below are types of peel and stick molding made from 3 different materials:

1 - Plastic - Plastic peel and stick crown molding is available in several different widths, including 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/2 inches, 4 inches, and 4 1/2 inches.You can also buy a door molding, such as a door crown, which can be adjusted to fit the opening from 24 1/2 inches to 46 inches.

A kit can be purchased to complete a room based on its total size. The overlapping design of this type of molding eliminates most cutting. If cutting is necessary, you can use household scissors. Plastic molding can be painted but it should first be primed with a plastic primer. Use a 3M acrylic based adhesive for installation. If the molding is to be used outdoors, caulking and painting are recommended.

2 - Styrofoam - Styrofoam peel and stick crown molding is made from light-weight expanded polystyrene. The material will not shrink or warp. You can install it with caulking. If you decide to paint the molding latex paint can be used.

Pre-cut Styrofoam molding will provide a seamless installation and will not need to be clipped or screwed onto the wall. An added benefit is that Styrofoam molding can be installed in moist or wet locations without fear of disintegrating. A miter saw is recommended if you must cut the molding. Painting should be done before you cut.

3 - Metal - Aluminum peel and stick crown molding is available in 4 feet and 8 feet lengths and is also available in custom sizes. Use extra-wide proprietary high-flow bonding tape for quick installation. The preformed outside and inside corners available will eliminate the need for complex miter cutting. However, if you cut, a cutting blade should be used that is designed for sheet metal.

Metal molding is resistant to grease, oil and petroleum products as well as many household chemicals. The molding is also UV stable and stain resistant. A variety of powder-coated colors are available. Additionally, the all metal construction is available in either a diamond plate pattern or a brushed aluminum finish.

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      4 years ago

      I put stick on molding in my bedroom 30 years ago and it is on solid still. I have painted it many times and I believe it is just as strong as wood by now. I am using it again in other rooms this spring.

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      6 years ago

      Where can this product be purchased? I've looked everywhere...

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have never heard of peel and stick moulding. It sounds like something worth looking into. I can think of a dozen spots I could use it.

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      7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Peel and stick molding? I've never heard of such a thing! This is just perfect. My home could definitely use this! Thanks for the great information!

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      7 years ago from New York City

      How interesting. I think I'll try this. I'd like to do molding over the door. Thanks a lot!

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      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I like the idea that I can try this. Sometimes I think it may be too much for certain rooms. I like the idea of a door crown too. Then if I love it all I can have it installed permanently - good idea.

      Thanks a million and rated up!

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      7 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      Now here's some information I can use!! I had no idea there is peel and stick crown molding! This is really awesome...thanks!

    • RTalloni profile image


      7 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting hub--I can think of lots of uses for these crown moldings! Thanks for the info.


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