When painting a room, your main focus is typically the walls. However it’s just as important to consider how paint will look on trim and molding in your space. Most people stick with neutral tones for complementing the colors of their rooms – but when considering different types of finishes for paint, real care needs to be taken into consideration depending on what type you are looking at choosing from.
WHAT KIND OF PAINT DO YOU USE ON TRIM?
When painting trim and molding, you can buy paint that is specifically designed for this purpose. Trim paint typically has a glossier sheen than regular house paints which are not made to fill in the cracks of smaller pieces like moldings or crowns. However, you don’t necessarily need to use specialized types of paint if it doesn’t fit your needs! If using traditional house colors instead make sure what type of finish are after since they come with different results depending on how much work goes into them.”
WHAT IS THE BEST FINISH FOR TRIM?.
There are several options for painting your trim based on the type of surface and how it will hold up.
- High-gloss paint can look really high end, but it requires a very smooth surface and application. If the paint isn’t applied evenly or if there are any small flaws in its appearance (due to brushmarks), then these will be visible because of how light reflects off the shiny finish.
- Semi-gloss is the standard finish for trim and molding, but it’s high shine makes it great at hiding imperfections. It’s also quite durable so its perfect in rooms with lots of foot traffic like hallways or kitchens.
- Satin is a great option for lighter, more elegant trims and can be used in spaces with modern décor. It’s easy to clean and looks great against the matte finish of rustic or minimalist design elements.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE TRIM FOR PAINTING?
Repairing any imperfections on the trim and molding will ensure that you get a smooth surface. You can do this by filling in all dents, nail holes, or cracks with wood filler to smooth out the entire surface of your room.
DO YOU HAVE TO SAND BEFORE PAINTING TRIM?
Painting trim and molding can be difficult since any uneven surfaces will show up. Be sure to sand the surface before painting so that it’s smooth, but work in small sections so you don’t miss any rough spots.
After sanding, wipe it down with a damp cloth and allow to dry. Note that if you have filled any areas or spots where the wood is showing through, then only use primer on those areas before painting trim directly without priming first.