A quick and easy way to give your house an updated look is paint. Painting is a job that virtually anyone can do which makes it easy on your wallet. When thinking about painting a portion of your house, one part that can be easily over looked is your trim. Trim is something that can subtly highlight your home or you can paint it in a bold complimentary color for an instant wow factor. When choosing a paint, make sure you choose one that is right for your home, regardless of the price. A lot of companies have amazing sales which is a great time to pick up a giant load of paint for a great price. We at Carolina Services have amassed a ton of tips for painting trim. We would love to share them with you.
The first thing that comes to mind on tips for painting trim is preparation. After selecting your color, make sure you buy the best tools. You won’t need many but when it comes to brushes, you truly do get what you pay for so buy the better brush. Make sure you also have enough tape to tape off your edges and a drop cloth.
One thing that most don’t think about when it comes to painting trim is to sand and clean the trim first. This is why it’s one of our top tips for painting trim. Always make sure you work with a sanded and clean surface. It will make sure that your paint will brush on smoothly and stay smooth after it is dry. After that, make sure you tape off all of your lines and edges. Take your time. All it takes is one errant brush stroke to wish you had taken your time.
After you have sanded and cleaned your trim, our next in line on tips for painting trim is to go ahead and fill in any cracks or holes that you see in the wood. Use spackling to fill in any holes and caulk to fill in any cracks, big or small, that you see. This will ensure you have a smooth surface to work on.
Another tip that most don’t think of when painting trim is to prime their trim. You don’t have to prime all of it, just do spots that are either bare wood or filled in. This will make sure you have an even color when you are done painting.
Once you are ready to start, one of our tips for painting trim is to always cut in first. If you are not familiar with this term, this is when you paint all of the outside edges of the section you are working on first, slowly and carefully, before you paint the middle. This will help you keep your edges clean and if needed, you can use a roller in the middle which will cut out some time.
The last in our tips for painting trim is for when you paint. When you load up your brush, do your best to unload it quickly. When you start, make sure you start in an unpainted area, this will help you avoid visible brush marks. Once you are done painting an area, leave it alone and let it dry. Try not to overwork the area, it could show up later when it dries.
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