How To Paint Jambs, Casings and Trim

1-2 hours

Efficiently painting door jambs and trim adds the final touch to your paint project

Paint Jambs, Casings and Trim

Most paint projects require special care when it comes to working around doors. This guide will teach you about the best techniques for painting around jambs, casings, and trim.


Complete painting prep work
Complete painting prep work - Paint Jambs Casings Trim

When painting the trim around exterior doors, you'll need access to the stops and the jambs, so wedge the door open as you work. If you have a storm door or a screen door, remove it so it won't get in the way.

Paint the jamp and the stop
Paint jamp stop - Paint Jambs Casings Trim

First, paint the jamb and the stop, starting at the top on the inside corner and working your way down the sides. Then paint the other side. Finally, paint across the top.

Paint the casings and threshold
Paint casings threshold - Paint Jambs Casings Trim

Paint the casings while the jambs are still wet. Mask the siding along the outside edges or, if you've got a steady hand, cut in with a trim brush. Paint the threshold after the jambs and the casings have dried.