Painting the trim can be a big task, after all, it's in every room of your home. You have it around your windows and doors, around the floors, and maybe even around your ceiling as well. Over time, this trim can get beaten up a bit from people walking around your home, from your vacuum cleaner, from the family pets, or just from everyday wear and tear. After awhile, the paint on your trim will fade and need some refreshing. If you are looking to paint the trim around your home, read on for tips to get the job done quickly.
1. Apply Painter's Tape
Use painter's tape around your trim to help give you a straight line and to prevent getting paint on other areas of your home, such as on walls, ceilings, or on your floors. Painter's tape comes in different widths, so whatever you think you are going to need, there's a size available for you. Use the tape to prevent marring these other areas and so you can paint quickly without worry of making a mess.
2. Fill In Holes
Don't try to fill in holes with paint, or you could end up with paint drips all over. Instead, fill in the holes using either wood fill, paintable caulk, or quick-dry hole patch. Sand the areas smooth and then you can begin painting. Without worrying about holes to fill, you can move faster to paint your trim.
3. Use The Right Paintbrush
Use an angled paintbrush that is new. Don't use an old paintbrush with broken or bent bristles, or you're going to end up with a lackluster paint job. For smaller trim, use a smaller width paintbrush. If you have larger trim, such as crown molding, use a larger paintbrush. Having the right tools for the job will make your painting chore much easier on you and you'll end up with a better result.
4. Use The Right Paint
The right trim paint can make all the difference in your trim paint job. Choose paint that is semi-gloss or high-gloss, which is easier to keep clean and will help make your paint job pop off of your walls. Use paint that includes primer to help cover marks on your trim such as scuff marks you weren't able to clean off. The primer will also help prevent these marks from soaking through your new paint job.
If you are planning on painting your trim, make sure you clean and prep your trim before painting it to help the paint adhere better. Use painter's tape to prevent making a mess of your walls, ceilings, or floors, and invest in the right tools and materials to get the job done right. Hire a painting contractor to do this work for you to get it done quickly and properly.