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How to Paint Wood Trim

How to Paint Wood Trim

Does your home need a makeover? Or did you just recently move to a new house? Perhaps you love decorating and remodeling as much as you can on your own. If this sounds like you, learning how to paint wood trim will be fun.
However, if you enjoy painting, learning how to paint wood trim is a bit different from painting interior walls. Typically, a more durable finish is required for painting wood trim. Oil-based, hard shell paints used to be the preferred choice for their wear and tear durability. Additionally, when learning how to paint wood trim it is good to know that latex acrylic enamel paints are now becoming very popular because they dry faster, are easier to clean up, and are easier to apply. When preparing to paint trim, you must first prime it to give it a protective seal that prevents any paint from leaking into the wood. To ensure that the paint job lasts, use a high quality primer.

Steps on how to paint wood trim:

When beginning to learn how to paint wood trim, you should first clean the trim with a damp, clean cloth. Paint will not dry and adhere properly if there is dirt on the trim. Make sure you let the trim dry. If there are any holes from nails these can be patched up with vinyl spackling. Be sure to smooth and sand the re-patched areas and remove the dust with a damp, clean cloth.

Painting Interior Trim

Painting Interior Trim

Next, you should apply painter’s caulk to any gaps in between the wall and the trim and any adjoining trim pieces. Apply with a caulking gun. Any excess caulk should be wiped away with a damp, clean cloth. Let the caulk dry thoroughly.

To protect the floor, you should put down painter’s plastic or drop cloths. Be sure to tape the floor touching the trim to avoid getting paint on the carpet or the floor. Use painter’s tape to mask any finished walls underneath the crown molding trim, above the baseboard trim, and around the door and window trim.

Painting Trim and Molding

Painting Trim and Molding

Use a 2 inch angled paintbrush to apply primer on any unfinished wood trim. Start painting at the baseboard trim and ceiling corners where the trim meets and work toward the other end. Complete the center with smooth, long strokes. Start at the top of window and door trim and work downward. Let the primer dry. Afterwards, sand it and remove the dust once again with a damp, clean cloth. Apply another coat of primer. When you are finished clean the paintbrush with water and dish detergent.

Painting trim tips

Painting trim tips

Now you can apply paint to the trim. Use a 2 inch angle paintbrush and start in the corners of the baseboard trim and corners of the ceiling paint toward the other end. Paint the center with smooth, long strokes. Be sure to paint the top of the window and door trim and work downwards. Let the paint dry overnight for 24 hours. Apply a second coat. Afterwards, remove all the painter’s tape and its complete!


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