Painting exterior trim is an important step in home improvement for protecting your home’s exterior from the elements and keeping it looking great. Unfortunately, painting trim can be a project that takes a considerable amount of time and can be a lengthy process. Below are steps for painting trim that will make the job a little easier and hopefully have the best outcome.
Choosing Paint for Exterior Trim
Choosing the correct type of paint is ideal for the right look and durability of your home’s exterior trim. Satin paint is a highly durable sheen that can be easily cleaned and will hold up against the outdoor elements.
Be sure to choose a quality paint that is specifically made for exterior home siding. Latex-based exterior paints can be best for painting exterior trim as they generally dry quickly, are ideal for cleaning and are engineered to hold up against exterior conditions.
Prepare Trim for Painting
It is important to prepare any spaces you are about to paint before applying any paint to the surface. You need to wash the trim and remove any dirt and grime. Using a pressure washer can be a quick and effective way to efficiently accomplish this task. Pay special attention to window ledge or corner surfaces that are more prone to collecting dirt.
Scrape and sand away old flaking/peeling paint and repair any defects in the trim. Some notches in the trim may need to be filled and sanded with a paintable spackling to ensure a smooth surface. Check that all trim is properly sealed with caulking against windows and other trim joints.
The next step to preparing the exterior trim for painting is to apply a primer to all areas that were scraped and sanded or any bare wood surfaces. This creates a proper layer for the paint to adhere too.
Starting at the top exterior trim, begin along the corner edge with a 2”-4” angled brush and cut in along the roofline and along the exterior siding. If your home has thick trim or facia that needs to be painted, a roller can then efficiently cover the remaining surface area making sure to blend the edges.
When you have completely made your way around the home, it is time to move to the window trim. Painters tape and plastic can be used to cover windows while painting. Keep in mind that paint that gets on the glass can easily be scraped away after completing the project.
Remove any shutters so they can be sprayed away from the home and replaced after drying.
Exterior doors can be painted by starting along the panels and working the paint into the corners. Paint along the wood grain and work your way out to the edges.
For best results, you need to make sure a second coat is applied to all exterior trim surfaces.
Exterior house painting can feel like a monumental task. However, the payoff for the appearance and longevity of your home’s trim is well worth the investment. If you have questions, or would like a quote for your next project, fill out our contact form or call us today at 541-699-2940.