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Painting Trim

 Learn everything about painting a trim
 

Painting exterior trim is one of the many ways you can liven up your home’s exteriors. Use an exterior paint accent color that complements the main colors of your home or paint your trim white to embolden and emphasize the other colors. Typically, working with trim requires a brush and is slower going than painting large surfaces such as walls. Take your time – it's worth the patience.

 

Preparation

 

• It would be good to have an angled, square-edge and oval paint brush before starting your project to 
  tackle those sharp edges, and flat and tight trim areas.
• Tape the borders of all trim to avoid splattering paint
• Place a drop cloth down to avoid getting paint droppings.

 

Safety 

 

• Protect yourself from harmful paint vapors with a mask or respirator.

 

Savings

 

• Painting the trim yourself is a great way to save on the cost of your project.
• Consider paint samples from The Home Depot before purchasing a larger amount of paint to make 
  sure the color is a match for your walls.


 

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Step 1

Step 1: Clean woodwork with a TSP solution

Clean woodwork with a TSP solution

 

Use a plastic scrub pad to remove residue from the trim. Make sure to wear rubber gloves and rinse several times. Remove blistered or chipped paint with a paint scraper, trying not to gouge the wood. Sand with 80-grit then 220-grit sandpaper. Remove dust with a lint-free cloth.

  

Step 2

Step 2: Fill gaps and cracks with paintable caulk or glazing compound

Fill gaps and cracks with paintable caulk or glazing compound

 

Remove the excess and smooth the joint with your finger. Fill holes and gouges with lightweight spackling compound. Remove the excess material with the edge of a putty knife and let it dry.

  

Step 3 

Step 3: Spot prime any knots or resin pockets with white-pigmented shellac primer

Spot prime any knots or resin pockets with white-pigmented shellac primer

 

Let the primer dry, and then begin masking all adjacent surfaces with blue painter's masking tape. Be sure to seal the edges firmly. Wipe down the surface with denatured alcohol or a paint deglosser then prime the entire surface with a stain-blocking primer

  

Step 4

Step 4: Apply the finish coat after 24 hours, sand with 220-grit sandpaper

Apply the finish coat

 

After 24 hours, apply the finish coat of paint with a 2-inch trim brush. Remove the painter’s tape while the paint is still wet.