How Often Should You Paint Interior Trim?

Interior Painting | June 29, 2021

Trim is an often-overlooked aspect of your home’s interior that can become extremely damaged over time. Baseboards, door trim, ceiling trim, window trim, and other decorative details are all examples of trim. Whether you are painting to repair your trim or simply want to change the colour, there are several considerations to keep in mind to ensure optimal results. If you are wondering how often you should paint interior trim, the answer will vary based on where the trim is located. Most people tend to repaint trim every 2-4 years, though this will vary based on many factors. As experts in interior painting, the team at Dunbar Painting has provided some important information about painting trim.

What paint is best for interior trim?

Why Should you Paint Interior Trim?

Though it is somewhat easy to forget, trim is an important element of any home that can protect your walls from many types of impacts. Trim protects walls from cleaning products, grime, and impacts from cleaning devices like vacuums. Dirt from feet, pets, and small children can also accumulate on trim, keeping it away from the wall. A new coat of paint can help to renew the appearance of trim and hide nicks or chips that have occurred over time.

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Processes and Products for Painting Trim

To repaint interior trim, there are several steps that must be taken to ensure optimal results. The process for painting trim is as follows:

  1. Mask surrounding areas—like floors where base boards touch—as needed.
  2. Degrease trim other areas like that are constantly touched by hands (handrails, doors, etc.) with chemical degreaser.
  3. Dust the surface.
  4. Scuff sand surface to dull it and promote paint adhesion.
  5. Apply primer to bare wood areas or areas that require primer for colour change or adhesion.
  6. Apply 2 coats of high-quality paint.

To ensure optimal results, use high-quality paint products like Benjamin Moore Advance Pearl or Sherwin Williams Emerald urethane enamel semi-gloss. High-sheen paint is more durable, while mid-sheen paint is more common for a contemporary look, so it is important to choose an option that best suits your needs.

Learn some simple trim painting tips. 

To ensure the best possible results for trim and other interior painting projects, reach out to the team at Dunbar Painting. Our professional painters can be contacted at 604-788-3382 or through our online contact form and will be happy to provide the best painting solutions for your needs.