HOW TO PAINT WOOD TRIM WHITE
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- Wood Filler
- (optional) use only if you need to repair holes in the trim from nails
- you want to use a good primer, after making the mistake and using another one I ALWAYS use Zinsser Smart Prime–it is no to low VOC and covers the best
- I always use Benjamin Moore Semi-Gloss Natura in Simply White
- Paint Brush- use a 3″ angled trim brush
- I use this one (Purdy 3″ angle)
- Paint Trim Guard
- I use Red Devil 18″ Dual Edge Painter’s Edge Guard (You are going to want this if you have wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood floors that you want to protect. I use it along with Painter’s Tape to ensure that I don’t have drips on my floor.
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1.) Apply wood putty to any holes in the trim (our windows had tons of nail holes that we needed to fill from the previous owners’ curtains.) Wipe off the excess (and if you want sand it, but I never do–I just wipe off the excess with my finger so just the hole is filled.)
2.) Wipe down all of your trim with a damp cloth. If it is very dirty wipe it down with a mixture of vinegar and water; but, I just use my Norwex cloths.) You want a clean surface for primer adhesion.
3.) Tape off any areas that you need to protect. I generally cut in by hand but on the hardwood floors, I always tape the baseboard. At this time, also move furniture out of the room and lay down drop cloths over all floors/ carpet.
4.) Apply primer (see this post for more exact step-by-step directions). Use TWO coats of primer.
5.) Apply two coats of semi-gloss paint.
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