When most people think of painting the interior of their home, they think of strictly painting the walls. However, the trim in your home may also need a facelift. It may be worn due to age, it may have scuff marks that you cannot clean up, or it may have chips or scratches in it. Painting trim can be challenging, but it still can be a DIY job if you know what you are doing. Here are a few pro tips to help you successfully paint your home’s interior trim.
Shine a Light on the Trim to Identify Flaws
Use a bright light to shine on the trim. This will help you to identify any flaws in the trim, such as dings and dents. You can also run your fingers along the trim to find imperfections. Use a pencil to lightly mark any flaws on the trim so you can identify them later.
Sand Out the Trim to Even Rough Spots
Next, you will want to use a sanding block to sand down the trim, removing any rough spots and working to level out some of the more minor dings and imperfections within the trim. Be careful not to overly sand the trim, or you can do more harm than good.
Remove Thick Areas of Existing Paint
There may be thick areas of trim within the corners of your trim or along the edges. A putty knife can be used to remove excess paint from the edges and corners. Be careful not to dig too deep and damage the wood while you are trying to remove paint.
Dust and Vacuum the Trim Thoroughly
Once you have sanded and removed excess paint, dust and vacuum the trim. You want the surface free and clear of all debris and residue. It is important to take your time and do this thoroughly, as dirt and dust that remains on the surface of the trim can cause flaws and imperfections when you go to paint your trim.
Even Out Filled Areas and Spot Prime Them
The next step to painting trim is to use a wood putty or wood filler to lightly fill in any dings, dents, gouges or other wood imperfections that remain. Once they have dried, lightly sand them down so they will be level with the rest of the surface and not rough. You will then want to dust and vacuum again. From there, be sure to spot prime these areas to ensure the paint covers them evenly.
Protect the Carpet and Floor
The final step in the process is to lay a tarp or painting canvas down to protect the carpet and floor. You may also want to tape off the trim on both sides to protect your floor and the rest of your wall. Once this step is completed, you are ready to paint.
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