Tips For Preparing Your Room's Trim For A Smooth Paint Job

Construction & Contractors Blog

While preparing to paint a room, you may want to give your trim some extra attention so you can give it the smoothest paint job possible. If so, use the following tips to get your trim ready so it will not show damage and imperfections once you have painted it.

Mark Any Imperfections With A Pencil

Before you start any preparation work, look closely for any imperfections and dings in the trim. This can be done with a bright light and a pencil.

Hold the light a few inches away from the trim and look for any rough areas, holes, or gouges. Also, look for any old paint that has bubbled up or has started to flake.

Whenever you find a spot, circle it with the pencil. Do not worry about marring the trim by marking on it. The pencil marks are removed when you sand it.

Scrape Off Old, Loose Paint

After you have marked any bad spots on the trim, any old, loose paint should be removed. This will make it easier for you to see any damage in the wood.

For removing the loose paint, use a one-inch wide putty knife. Place the knife at a small angle to the trim and carefully scrape the paint using short, brisk strokes. Do not apply too much pressure, because you could accidentally gouge the wood.

Fill In Dents With Wood Putty

Once you have removed the loose paint, fill in any dents, holes, and gouges with wood putty. You will need a small tub of putty and the putty knife used in the section above.

Dip the tip of the knife into the putty and rake it across the top, creating a roll on the knife's edge. Hold the knife flush with the trim and carefully pull it towards you to fill in the wood. Do not worry too much about any excess putty on top or the evenness of the application. Sanding will also smooth this out.

Use A Sanding Block To Smooth The Surface

After the excess paint has been removed and holes have been filled, the next thing to do is to sand the surface to make it smooth. Use a fine-grit sandpaper to do this, such as 800 or 1000. The finer the grit, the smoother your trim will be.

While sanding by hand can be done, using a sanding block could give you a better finish. The block allows for even pressure to be applied, preventing small gouges in the wood or paint. The block also gives you a larger surface area than your fingers would allow.

Once you have prepared your trim, the next step will be to paint it. However, if you do not feel comfortable doing the painting or the preparation work yourself, contact a professional painting contractor, like AAA Action Painting, to discuss the possibility of them doing the job for you.


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Bringing the Spa Home

When my husband and I took our "second honeymoon," we stayed at a glorious resort with an on-site spa. We booked couples' packages for massages and other treatments. When we got home, we decided our bathroom was not nearly as soothing or peaceful as it could be. Armed with inspiration from our visit to the spa, we ripped out the existing vanity, tub, toilet, and other fixtures, and replaced them with more spa-like models. A frameless shower door and a quartz-topped vanity were two of the best decisions we ever made. If you want to enjoy a day at the spa—without actually leaving your home—I hope you will use the information on this blog to make it happen for your family.