Project Guide

How to Paint Trim

1
REMOVE OLD PAINT
Step1 - Remove old paint

Safety: Always wear rubber gloves and eye protection when working with chemicals.


  • Use a plastic scrub pad and TSP cleaner-soaked sponges to remove residue from the trim.
  • Remove blistered or chipped paint with a paint scraper, trying not to gouge the wood. Rinse regularly to remove residue as you work.
  • Sand with 80-grit then 220-grit sandpaper. Remove dust with a lint-free cloth.
2
FILL GAPS WITH CAULK
Step 2 - Fill gaps with caulk
  • Apply caulk to any gaps or cracks around the trim.
  • Remove any excess product and smooth using a caulk tool or 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.
3
SPOT PRIME IMPERFECTIONS
Step 3 - Spot prime imperfections
  • Apply primer to any knots or resin pockets on the trim.
  • Let the primer dry, and then begin masking all adjacent surfaces with painter's 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
4
APPLY THE FINISH COAT
Step 3 - 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.