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How to Paint Trim

By: Danny Lipford

How to Paint a Room

This is the third in a three-part series on interior painting in your home:

After the walls have been rolled and the paint has dried, it’s time to tackle the trim. Using an angled trim brush and straight edge guide, work your way carefully around the room. Avoid drips and try to keep a straight line where the trim meets the wall.

Painting trim.

When painting over stained trim, rough up the old finish with sandpaper—or use liquid deglosser—so the paint will adhere to the surface. A stain blocking primer should be used over natural or stained wood surfaces to prevent them from bleeding through the paint. After the primer has dried, top coat it with trim paint.

Applying deglosser.

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    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    April 4th, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Glad you found it useful, Tammy!



  • Tammy Says:
    April 1st, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you for all your tips 🙂 anything to help the job go alittle smoother. I found the guide painting trim to be very helpful and save money on tape


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    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    April 7th, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Tammy, rather than painting a clear coat over the existing flat paint, you would achieve better results by repainting the bathrooms and kitchen with an interior latex paint with a satin finish.



  • Tammy Says:
    April 1st, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Purchased a new home with all walls painted with flat paint. My question is, wouldnt it be wise to clear coat bathrooms and kitchen, at least?


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