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Painting Wood Trim

November 5, 2017

Painting Wood Trim

A nice trim job gives great eye-appeal and polish to a room.  Taking the time to get it right can be the difference between a good job and a great one.

Trim such as baseboards, crown molding and door frames are needed for practical purposes but they are also frequently used as accents in a room to draw the eye to features of architectural interest so it’s important they look their best.  For new build projects, you can save time by installing trim fully painted but that is not an option in a regular reno.

Consider the job and make your painting plan.  There is much debate about whether it’s best to paint walls or trim first and it comes down to the exact job specifics and your personal preference.  Be sure you have all the right tools at hand including the right brush!

For trim jobs, an angled brush is designed to provide more accuracy and control so it’s easier to paint straight lines. A 2 ½ angled brush is good for baseboards while 1 ½ is better for finer work.

Once you have all you need, here are 7 steps to a trim-tastic finish.

  1. Protect floors before you start using tape and drop-cloth that will prevent paint from seeping through.
  2. Sand surface to smooth or if previously painted, to remove any flaking paints or uneven surface. (Usually 200 grit sandpaper and finer). Then clean dust and surrounding area.
  3. Fill any holes with spackle or patching compound pressing in and scraping smooth with a putty knife. If there are gaps between trim and wall or at joints fill with paintable caulk Dip a finger in water and run along seam to smooth.  Allow to dry.
  4. If walls already have final finish, tape them off using painters tape pressing firmly to the edge of the trim. (If walls will be painted after, there is no need to tape but you want to avoid taping twice at all costs!)
  5. Prime – Essential if its new wood and if you might be painting over previous gloss oil coating. Super Grip Premium Problem-Solving Primer will provide plenty adhesion, stop any repairs from showing through and help provide an even surface for your topcoat.  Allow to dry. If needed lightly sand out any drips or brush marks and wipe clean.
  6. Top Coat – oil-based enamels are often favored owing to their high gloss finish but they take a long time to dry. However, water-based finishes dry quickly, are just as durable and will not yellow.  Ulttima Plus offers both traditional oil enamel or water-based gloss finishes or try Pro Speed Cover Gloss, a great value emulsion designed for commercial paint projects that has high shine but dries quickly and resists freshly painted surfaces from sticking together in as little as 4 hours.  (only currently available in white)


Remember to remove the tape before the finish coat is fully dry or if the paint has dried over the tape score lightly with a blade or putty knife so that no paint is pulled away.


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