Tips for Painting Trim

Interior Painting | January 21, 2022

Trim such as baseboards and crown moulding are important interior elements for homes that are often overlooked. Over time, the trim around your home can become damaged or worn, diminishing its aesthetic appeal and becoming an eyesore. If you are considering painting your interior trim elements, there are several steps to keep in mind to ensure optimal results. As leading providers of high-quality interior painting solutions, the team at Dunbar Painting knows that few painting projects are as simple as they appear. That is why we have provided some tips for painting trim to help you sufficiently prepare for this project.

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3 Useful Tips for Painting Trim

When painting interior trim, be sure to consider the following tips to ensure the best results:

1. Degrease and Sand Surfaces

If your trim elements are old or have been previously painted with oil-based paint, they are likely holding onto a significant amount of dirt and grease. Before performing any other steps, you will need to thoroughly clean and degrease your trim. Once this is done, you can proceed with lightly sanding it to dull the surface. These steps will help to ensure that the new paint will properly stick to the surface, providing consistent coverage across all trim in your home.

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2. Mask Other Surfaces and Paint Carefully

If you are only painting trim and not the walls or ceilings that are near it, you will need to take steps to protect these surfaces from paint. Be sure to tape adjacent walls and ceilings off with painters’ tape and apply paint slowly to ensure that it is only applied to the trim.

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3. Use High-End Products and Equipment

The right products and equipment can make a world of difference for your painting project. If you are painting flat trim, use fine microfibre rollers to apply paint. For crown moulding and other uneven surfaces, use a high-end brush to help keep the paint level. Regardless of the equipment you use, you should always select high-end paint products like Benjamin Moore Advance or Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Enamel. Using the correct equipment with high-quality paint products will help to reduce required labour while ensuring long-lasting results.

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To learn more about painting trim or to inquire about our interior painting solutions, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your painting project.