What should I use to paint trim?

Asked By: Jene Chaganov | Last Updated: 16th January, 2020
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Supplies Needed:
  1. Painter's tape.
  2. Sherwin-Williams interior primer such as Premium Wall and Wood Primer.
  3. Sherwin-Williams interior latex paint (semi-gloss or high-gloss finish)
  4. One damp sponge.
  5. Tack cloth.
  6. Sandpaper (120-grit, 100-grit and 80-grit)
  7. Spackle.
  8. Spackling or putty knife.

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Hereof, what paint do I use for trim?

Trim/baseboards – Use a semi-gloss, which offers a bit of sheen and is easy to clean. Living room or bedroom – A satin or eggshell paint flatters these areas. Ceiling – Use flat paint to reduce light glare and hide imperfections.

Furthermore, what is the easiest way to paint trim? Paint the Trim First, Then the Ceilings and Walls Pros usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That's because it's easier (and faster) to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls.

Keeping this in view, what do you paint baseboards with?

A semi-gloss or high-gloss paint is usually the best choice for baseboards.

Do you take Trim off when painting?

If you paint your trim outdoors, you'll have to remove it from your house, which takes a bit of time. However, you'll generally end up with better, cleaner results and you won't have to be bending over while you work. If you paint your trim indoors, you don't have to take extra time to remove it from the walls.

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What is the best white paint for trim?

Ta dahhhh… the Only 6 White Paint Trim Colors You'll Need
  • White Dove OC-17 – the universal donor of paints.
  • Cloud White 967– a touch brighter with a very slight taupe undertone, this is a great non-yellow white, but still warm.
  • Simply White OC-117 – a very clean white, but might be too bright for darker colors.

Do I need to Prime trim before painting?

Start by making sure your trim is clean and dry, with no loose paint, holes, dirt or dust. You'll only need one coat of primer, but plan on applying two (possibly three) coats of paint when painting baseboards and trim, and be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before moving onto the next.

How do you prepare trim for painting?

  1. Step 1: Use the damp sponge to clean dirt and grime from trim.
  2. Step 2: Sand the surface.
  3. Step 3: Fill in holes, dents and cracks with a lightweight spackling compound.
  4. Step 4: Dust off walls and ceiling around the trim to ensure painter's tape adheres well.

What's the best paint for doors and trim?

CR's experts say semigloss is your best bet. When it comes to painting your front door, there are a million colors to choose from but only one real option for the finish. It's got to be semigloss. The same goes for exterior trim.

Can you paint trim with a roller?


Use a high-density foam roller or brush to apply the finishes. Rollers speed the job and lay on an even, smooth finish. You will have to do some touch up after the trim has been installed, such as over filled nail holes, but this approach saves a lot of time.

What is the best paint brush for trim?

The Purdy Clearcut is another one of the best paint brushes to have. It has a 3″ clear-cut glider trim paint brush. This brush is made for the purpose of painting trim with ease and provides a quaintly paint job. The brush has a thinner tip at the top to paint finer areas and is made of nylon polyester.

Should doors be satin or semi gloss?

Satin: Satin finish paint has a smooth, velvety look with a bit more gloss. Semi-gloss: Semi-gloss paint is most often used on doors, trim, and cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms. It is easily cleaned and lays down a nice, subtle shine, without being too glitzy.

Can you paint trim without sanding?

Liquid Sandpaper! You can paint over stained wood, painted wood and so much more with this simple method. Through the years, I have received the questions “can wood be painted without sanding”, “can cabinets be painted without sanding”, and “can trim be painted without sanding”? The answer is YES!

How do you prepare baseboards for painting?

Use 320-grit sandpaper over all filled areas to flatten and feather them out. Dust off the sanded areas with an old paint brush, and vacuum with a brush attachment. Finish by wiping down the wood with a damp cloth if using water-based paint or a tack cloth if using oil-based paint.

What kind of brush do you use to paint baseboards?


When painting baseboards, the paintbrush you use can vary based on the size of your baseboards and the type of paint you're using. Typically, a 2 or 2.5-inch angled brush works just fine. Particularly when using latex paint, it's best to paint your baseboards with a nylon or poly-nylon brush.

How do you paint without leaving brush marks?

Painting Tip #4- Painting techniques that help eliminate brush strokes
  1. Don't press too hard on the brush.
  2. Paint in the details and then smooth over.
  3. Going back over semi dry paint will cause ripples.
  4. You want to apply a thin coat, but don't “stretch” the paint on the brush.
  5. Always paint in one direction.

Can you use a roller to paint baseboards?

The best kind of brush or roller is the one that provides the smoothest finish on baseboards, while working with ease in your hands.

How do you clean baseboards before painting?

Easy: Grab a stack of Magic Erasers (or whichever brand you prefer), a bucket of warm, soapy water (or vinegar and water) and simply swipe. Wring the sponge out well before you wipe so you don't leave too-damp boards to dry. If you don't have painted baseboards, substitute wood cleaner.

Do you paint baseboards before or after installation?

“If there is the opportunity during remodeling, new construction or the installation of new baseboard, prime and paint the baseboard before it is installed. This is much easier. The filling of nail holes, caulking and the finish coat can be applied when installation is complete. Buy pre-primed baseboard if available.”

Can you cut in and paint the next day?


You can cut-in around the trim either before or after rolling. Because the drying time of flat and eggshell latex paint is so short, you can cut-in an entire room before filling in the walls. If the ceiling is being painted a different color, paint it first and then the walls.

Does primer have to be perfect?

The primer coat doesn't have to be perfect, but it should cover the surface (no bare spots) and it shouldn't be so blotchy that you get drips or visible unevenness. You need to prime the surface thoroughly. The purpose of the primer is so give the surface uniform absorbtion properties.

Do I need to cut in twice when painting?

Don't cut in twice and then roll. Cut in one coat and then roll on one coat, so the coats dry together and create a smoother finish.