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How to paint trim with Premier

8 STEPS

Painted trim gives your room a fresh finishing touch and highlights the details in your space. With Premier, painting your trim and adding some highlights to you room is easy and effortless.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Clean the trim

Clean your trim thoroughly with a damp sponge or rag.

Step

Lightly sand the trim

Sand the trim lightly for better paint adhesion. If your trim is fairly new, use 120- grit sandpaper and sand until any sheen disappears. If your trim is rough and worn, it’s best to use an 80-grit sandpaper to start and gradually work up to 180-grit to get a smooth surface. After sanding, wipe away any dust with the damp sponge.

Step

Patch the trim

Fill in any holes, dents or cracks with some lightweight spackling compound. Once dry, use sandpaper to smooth the area and then wipe away any dust.

Step

Tape the area

Apply painter’s tape to the walls and areas surrounding the trim. Press the tape down with a clean putty knife to avoid paint bleeding through edges.

Step

Prime the trim

Apply primer to the trim and let it dry for 24 hours. If you can still see any wood or spackle showing through, add another coat of primer.

Step

Lightly sand the trim

Apply primer to the trim and let it dry for 24 hours. If you can still see any wood or spackle showing through, add another coat of primer.

Step

Paint the trim

Apply paint to the trim using horizontal brush strokes. After several small strokes, smooth out with one long brush stroke. Semi-gloss paint is ideal for trim and door frames.

Step

Remove tape

Once you’ve finished painting your trim, but before the paint is dry, carefully remove the painter’s tape.