To make colors pop and accentuate the craftsmanship in your home, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to the trim. Paint trim around shutters or baseboards have the potential to transform your property”™s aesthetic, and it”™s possible to achieve excellent results by following the guidelines listed here.

Clean the Area

No matter which painting project you have in mind, it”™s always best to begin by thoroughly cleaning the area.Painting a surface that”™s marred with dirt or debris encourages inadequate bonding and early wear and tear, so be sure to pay close attention to this crucial step. To prep the desired area, use a damp sponge to gently remove dirt and unwanted buildup.

Sand the Trim

When working with wooden trim, sand the surface before moving on to the next step. The coarseness of the sandpaper you”™ll need varies upon the finish of the wood, so evaluate the material that you”™re working with before choosing the sandpaper. 60-grit sandpaper is usually ideal for most surfaces. After the sanding is complete, use a damp sponge or rag to wipe away dust that may have settled.

Fill in the Gaps 

To help the paintbrush glide across the trim, you”™ll need to fill in any gaps in the wood. For this part of the process, it”™s best to use a lightweight spackling compound. Directions vary by product, so be sure to follow the directions carefully to avoid any missteps. After allowing the spackling to dry completely, give the surface another light sanding to create a seamless canvas for priming. If necessary, use a tack cloth to remove any residual dust from sanding.

Prime and Paint

Next, it”™s time to move on to the final steps: priming and painting. First, you”™ll need to select a high-quality brush for the job. For painting trim, we recommend using a 2 ½-inch angular sash brush or block brush.Purdy brusheswork especially well for this type of project, so consider browsing their products before you begin. A high-quality primer is essential in creating a beautiful paint job that will last for years to come, so we advise using products designed for the project you have in mind. Once the primer is settled, use trim paint to create the ideal finish. The ADVANCE line by Benjamin Mooreperforms exceptionally well on trim, as it”™s fast drying and leaves a durable, hard coat.

A simple coat of paint can work wonders for improving your home”™s image. Painting trim is an in-depth process, so don”™t hesitate to reach out to our crew of professional painters if you don”™t”™ have the time (or patience!).To schedule your free color consultation, give us a call.

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