Painting interior wood trim white
Preparation is the key to a professional paint finish.
Although interior walls are usually painted with flat or eggshell paint, new interior wood trim requires a more durable finish. Hard shell, oil-based paints were once the preferred choice because of their ability to withstand wear and tear. Latex acrylic enamel paints are now gaining popularity due to the ease of application, quick clean-up and faster drying times. New, unfinished trim must be primed before the paint is applied to provide a protective seal and prevent the paint from soaking into the wood. Use a top quality primer and paint to ensure a long-lasting paint job.
Wipe the dust and dirt off the trim using a clean, damp cloth. Paint will not adhere to a dirty surface. Allow the trim to dry. Fill all nail holes and dents with vinyl spackling. Sand and smooth the patched areas using 150-grit sandpaper. Remove sanding dust using a clean, damp cloth.
Apply a bead of painter's caulk to the gap between the trim and the wall and between adjoining pieces of trim using a caulking gun. Wipe excess caulk off the trim using a clean, damp cloth. Allow the caulk to dry completely.
Lay drop cloths or painter's plastic on the floor. Mask finished walls below crown molding trim, around window and door trim and above baseboard trim using wide painter's tape. Tape the floor adjacent to baseboard trim to prevent paint from getting on the floor or carpet.
Apply a coat of primer to unfinished wood trim using a 2-inch angled paintbrush. Begin in the corners of ceiling and baseboard trim where two pieces meet and work towards the opposite end. Cut in the top and bottom edges of the trim with the angled paintbrush. Fill in the center using long, smooth strokes. Begin at the top of door and window trim and work down. Allow the primer to dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer. Sand the primed trim lightly using 180-grit sandpaper to smooth areas raised by the primer. Remove sanding dust using a clean, damp cloth. Allow the primer to dry. Apply a second coat of primer. Clean the paintbrush using dish detergent and water.
Apply a coat of paint to the primed trim using a clean 2-inch angled paintbrush. Begin in the corners of ceiling and baseboard trim where two pieces meet and work towards the opposite end. Cut in the top and bottom edges of the trim with the angled paintbrush. Fill in the center using long, smooth strokes. Begin at the top of door and window trim and work down. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours. Apply a second coat of paint. Remove the painter's tape from the floor and walls.
Things You Will Need
- Clean cloths
- Vinyl spackling
- 150-grit sandpaper
- Painter's caulk
- Caulking gun
- Drop cloths
- Painter's plastic
- Painter's tape
- Wide taping knife
- 2-inch angled paintbrush
- Latex primer
- 180-grit sandpaper
- Dish detergent
- Latex acrylic enamel paint
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