What Is the Best Technique for Painting Trim?

Posted May 16, 2017 by RB Painting

What Is the Best Technique for Painting Trim?

Painting the interior of your home can be a delicate and frustrating task at the best of times. It requires an especially steady hand to paint small areas like the trim, window sills, and other places. This is why many people prefer to hire professional painters! But even if you have decided to do it yourself, painting areas like the trim need not be a frustrating exercise. By following a few guidelines and being careful, you can do a pretty good job!

Advice on Painting Trim Properly

It is not uncommon for amateur house painters to work feverishly at all of the large walls and then become bogged down when it comes to areas that require more patience and a steadier hand. The truth is that these small details really do define a good paint job from a bad paint job, and so it is important that the job is done well. This is especially true if you are considering selling the home.

In the spirit of helping out every home painter, the following are some guidelines for producing the best-looking painted trim possible:

  • Tape first: The best way to protect your newly painted wall from the paint that is going on your trim is to tape over it. This means that you should use some blue painter’s tape to cover the wall just above the trim. Of course, this assumes that the wall has been completely painted first! You will also need to tape over the spot where the bottom of the trim meets the floor.
  • Stir the paint: Now that you have successfully taped over the wall, it’s time to stir the paint. One should only paint after the pot has been thoroughly stirred, otherwise bubbles will be a constant source of frustration!
  • Choose the right brush: Because the trim is a much smaller area than a wall, you will need to use a suitably small paintbrush. A 2-inch brush is usually ideal for most trim work, and by only dipping one third of the bristles into the paint, you can exercise a lot more control over the painting.
  • Use a paint guard: Some people like to use a paint guard when they paint the trim because it helps to steady the hand, and also because it further protects the wall from the loaded brush. If you have a plastic paint guard, position it firmly against the taped-over wall and rest the edge at the border of where the top of the trim meets the wall. As you paint this area, the plastic guard will help to stop any excess paint from getting on the wall.
  • Work slowly: As you paint the trim, make sure that you work slowly. Draw the loaded brush over a dry area, and then meet this wet area with another stroke of the brush from a dry area. This will ensure a more even coat of paint. When painting, it is always important to exercise some patience.

One Good-looking Trim!

Though it may seem difficult, painting the trim around your home is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Just remember to follow the above guidelines, work slowly and patiently, and make sure that you protect the newly painted areas.