is one of the more delicate home
and DIYers need to be prepared if they want to do it right – with no smears,
spills, or poor coatings. Before you start, check out our quick guide with tips
on exactly what you need and what steps to take to ensure the best results for
all kinds of trim.
Highlight Any Defects in the Trim
Grab a pencil
and a flashlight, and take a very close look at your trim. Trim can see a lot
of activity over the years, and damage is common. Look for scratches, gouges,
and any other problems, and circle them with your pencil. Do this for all the
trim you are painting.
Sand Down and Prepare the Trim
sandpaper, and sand down all those defects in the trim until they are no longer
visible and the trim is smooth to the touch. It’s
to get lighter sandpaper and feather out the sanded spots when you are done so
that you can’t tell the difference with the surrounding wood. It’s a great idea
to lightly sand all the trim to remove the old paint – a sander can help this
task go by much faster, but it’s not required, especially for smaller projects.
If there is
any chance you are working with older paint that could have lead in it, do not
sand it! Check to see if you can get a lead test done with local kits or
professionals before taking any next steps.
If there is
lots of damage, you can use spackle to fill in holes and other spots. However,
at a certain point, you should think about replacing the trim entirely.
Vacuum and Clean Up
is completed, grab a vacuum cleaner and
all the dust
you created. We advise using your brush attachment so you can get really close
to the trim without worrying about causing any damage. It’s very important that
you remove all dust particles before you begin painting since they can cause
problems if you accidentally paint over them.
lines around the edge of the trim. This is a very important step because it
will allow you to paint the edges of the trim without worrying about getting
paint on the surrounding walls. Go slowly, and make sure that the tape is right
up to the edge of the trim as you go.
Paint the Trim with a Small Trim Brush
If you visit
a local department store, you will find a type of small,
called a trim brush. We highly recommend picking a couple of these up to start
your painting project. They make painting trim much easier. Now you are ready
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