Part 1 – Prepare the Trim
Step 1: Use the damp sponge to clean
dirt and grime from trim. If needed, use the rough side of a sponge to ensure a
clean starting surface. (90% of good
paint job is prep work.)
Sand the surface. After the
trim has been sanded, use a damp sponge to wipe away any dust.
• Sanding Tip:
Hand-sand all woodwork smooth with a fine, 180-grit
paper until all shine disappears. Use 80-120-grit to smooth imperfections
such as heavy globs of old paint. Step 3:
Fill in holes, dents and
cracks with a lightweight spackling compound. (Follow directions on the
spackling container for best results.) When the spackle dries completely,
lightly sand the spackled areas using 120-grit sandpaper to smooth out the
surface. Use tack cloth to remove any sanding dust from the trim.Step 4:
Dust off and vacuum the walls
and ceiling around the trim to ensure painter’s tape adheres well. Apply
painter’s tape to walls and ceilings surrounding the trim, being careful not to
stick the tape to the trim itself.
• Taping Tip:
Select 3-to-4 inches of painter’s tape that is
specifically made for your paint job and firmly press it to the wall. While
holding this “starting spot” in place, pull out 6 inches of tape, then firmly
secure it to the wall. Repeat until the tape is secured for the length of the
trim. Most DIYers don’t realize how
important this is for successful results. Tape is meant to protect the surface
and when it is applied in one, long strip, the tape is stretched and won’t lay
flat or stick properly, resulting in paint bleeding underneath the tape.Step 5:
After you have applied the
tape, press the tape’s edges with a clean spackling or putty knife to ensure
adhesion, as this helps prevent the paint from bleeding through the edges. Part 2 – Paint the Trim
Apply primer to trim, covering any bare wood and
spackled areas. (Make sure to remove tape after painting.) Allow primer to dry
for 24 hours. After the drying period, if bare wood or spackle is showing,
apply another coat of primer to the trim.
• Priming Tip: Thoroughly mix the primer with a paint stick and pour
a small amount into a paint tray. Dip an angled brush into the primer, covering
no more than ½ inch to 1 inch of the brush. Use the side of the tray to wipe
excess primer off the brush, helping to avoid drips while priming.
Step 2: After the primer dries,
lightly sand the trim using 120-grit sandpaper to eliminate brush strokes or
paint drips. Use a damp sponge or tack cloth to remove all sanding dust.
Step 3: Apply paint to the trim using
short, horizontal brush strokes. Repeat the motion until a few feet of trim
(not the full length) are covered in paint.
• Painting Tip: Thoroughly mix the paint with a paint stick and then
pour a small amount into a clean paint tray. Dip an angled brush into the
paint, covering no more than ½ inch to 1 inch of the brush. Use the side of the
tray to wipe excess paint off the brush, helping to avoid drips while painting.
Step 4: Smooth over the series of
short brush strokes with one long brush stroke. Do not add more paint to the
brush — instead, drag the brush in one long motion over the freshly painted
trim. Repeat if necessary, depending on the width of the trim, to create the
appearance of long, smooth strokes.
• Technique Tip: Wider trim may require three or four long, parallel
brush strokes. Thinner trim may only require one or two long, parallel strokes.
Step 5: Start painting the next
section of trim following steps three and four. Repeat until trim is fully
painted. If you are applying multiple coats remove and reapply painting tape
after each coat is applied.
: Remove the tape
as soon as you are done painting by slowly pulling the tape off at a 135-degree
angle toward yourself. Do not allow the paint to dry, it will be more difficult
to remove the tape and might even cause the paint to chip.
•Tape Removal Tip: In the
cause the paint does dry use a razor blade to break the bond between the bond
between the painting tape and dried paint.