How to paint trims

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How to paint trims

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A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to keep the trims around your doors always looking their best. We’ll show you how to prepare them for painting, plus how to apply the undercoat and topcoat.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Put down drop sheets
2 Tape around the trim
3 Stir the paint
4 Pour some paint into a smaller pot
5 Apply the undercoat
6 Leave to dry and sand
7 Stir the topcoat
8 Apply the topcoat
  • Step 1. Put down drop sheets

    Put down a drop sheet to protect your floors. Take off the doorstop and fill any dents or holes with putty. Give the trim a light sand. Then use a cloth to clean off any dust before you start painting.

  • Step 2. Tape around the trim

    Put tape on the wall around the trim to prevent getting any paint on it when you’re painting.

  • Step 3. Stir the paint

    Stir your paint well before you use it. Make sure your room is well ventilated and wear your dusk mask. 

  • Step 4. Pour some paint into a smaller pot

    Pour some paint into a smaller pot to make it more portable and easier to manage when you’re up a ladder. 

  • Step 5. Apply the undercoat

    Make sure you’ve got a good quality brush to paint with. It’s a good idea to paint your edges first and then your flat faces. Use long strokes of your brush, working from the top down to the bottom. Work in small sections and make sure all areas have equal coverage. 

  • Step 6. Leave to dry and sand

    Let the undercoat dry and then give it a light sanding before applying the topcoat.

  • Step 7. Stir the topcoat

    Stir your top coat paint and pour some into a small bucket to make it more portable and easier to use while you’re up a ladder. In this example we have chosen a semi-gloss enamel for the top coat as it’s very durable.

  • Step 8. Apply the topcoat

    Apply the topcoat in same way as the undercoat. Start with the fiddly bits and edges first. Work in long strokes from top to bottom. Then wait for the paint to dry before peeling off your masking tape.
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