How to Paint Trim Like A Professional

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How to Paint Trim Like A Professional

Although painting trim can be difficult, it is possible to produce results that seem professional with the correct equipment and methods. Trim work demands a steady hand, keen attention to detail, and familiarity with the ideal methods for painting.

We will go over some of the fundamental procedures and factors for painting trim like a pro in this introduction, such as preparing the surface, picking the appropriate tools, and applying the paint uniformly and smoothly. You may give your property a lovely, polished look that increases its attractiveness and value by using the advice in this article.

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• Clean and Sand The Trim

Clean and sand the trim to get rid of any debris, dust, or flaws before you begin painting the surface. This will facilitate greater paint adhesion and smoother finish.

• Utilize a High-Quality Brush

 Make an investment in a nice paintbrush made especially for trim work. Oil-based paints perform well with natural bristle brushes, whereas water-based paints work well with synthetic brushes.

• Cut in around edges

Get as close to the corners of the trim as you can by "cutting in" with a little brush. This will enable you to draw a precise, clear line devoid of drips or overspray.

• Roll The Large Areas

 After cutting the trim around the edges, paint the remaining trim using a tiny roller. To achieve equal application and prevent drips, roll the paint in a "W" shape.

• Let Paint Dry and Touch-Up

Make sure to let the paint to completely dry before adding a second layer. For water-based paints, this typically takes two hours, while for oil-based paints, it may take up to eight hours.

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When Should I Prime Trim before Painting?

Priming the surface before painting is typically advised when repainting wood trim that has already been painted. Here are the methods for priming wood trim that has already been painted.

• Sand and Clean

To start, wash the trim with water and a light detergent to get rid of any dirt or grime. After that, softly sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper to get rid of any shiny finish and to flatten out any blemishes.

• Before priming, Fix Damage

If the trim has any cracks, dents, or other flaws, fill them up with wood putty or filler.

• Time to Prime, It's Prime Time!

After the trim has been well cleaned and smoothed out, apply a coat of superior primer. Apply the primer uniformly and smoothly in the direction of the wood grain using a brush or roller made especially for use with primer.

• Let the Primer Dry: Tick Tock!

Per the manufacturer's stated drying time, let the primer dry completely. For a water-based primer, this typically takes two hours, whereas an oil-based primer may take up to eight hours.

What Primer should I use for Trim?

The premium primer Benjamin Moore Fresh Start can be used on a number of surfaces, including wood trim. It might be an excellent option for priming trim for the following reasons:


Adhesion: Fresh Start is made to offer good adhesion to a range of surfaces, including wood that has previously been painted. This can make it more likely that the fresh paint will apply easily and stick to the trim well.

Excellent coverage offered by Fresh Start can assist cut down on the number of applications necessary to create a complete, even finish. This can reduce the amount of time and money spent painting.

Fresh Start is a versatile option for priming trim because it is compatible with the majority of paint types.

Simple application: Fresh Start has a smooth, creamy consistency that spreads evenly across surfaces and makes it simple to apply. This can speed up the priming process and result in a surface that looks polished.

Overall, Benjamin Moore Fresh Start provides great adhesion, coverage, compatibility, and use for priming wood trim, making it a dependable and high-quality option.

In conclusion, painting trim correctly involves a combination of talent, focus on detail, and the appropriate equipment and methods. You may get professional-looking results that increase the value and appeal of your property by priming the surface, selecting a high-quality brush and paint, and applying the paint uniformly and smoothly. Keep in mind that trim work can be difficult and time-consuming, so take your time and be patient. You can learn the craft of painting trim and give your house a lovely, polished appearance with some practice and knowledge.

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