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How to Paint Trim & Molding

Learn how to paint trim and molding from Brushed Interiors founder David Sartori in this Howcast video.


How to paint wood moldings. I've gotten to the point where I sanded, I scraped and I wiped down my area. Again, we're dealing with an older pre-war [SP] wood molding here. This is the area where we tore out the old wires from Edison and Company and we plaster patched all those areas and then we primed and we have this wall color going on already.

Now, wood moldings that are vertical like doors, sometimes it's good to use blue tape. This is your delicate blue tape and you can create a better line of course with your blue tape. So, this wall color is done and we're getting into the molding here. I'll use a two inch brush here. It's a little more comfortable with those large moldings and a semi-gloss molding paint.

Again,I've already wiped it down, sanded it down, primed. So, I'm going right in here up against the tape. Let's get right down to the bottom here. Got my floor protected. Smooth it out. It's kind of like the back strokes when we were rolling where after we're happy with how much paint we get on there. We then smooth it out.

Now, this is your base board. Incidentally this is a self priming paint once again. We did not put an extra coat of primer entirely on this base board, but we did sand it down a little bit and wiped it down, wiped the dust off. Get right down in there next to the floor which is protected by my paper, my tape and my plastic.

Now, I'm ready to form this line. After doing it a few times you get comfortable with a certain amount of pressure that you might put on the brush. You can always go back and raise it up. Now, again it's not absolutely perfect, but that is the character of this old wood molding. I'll keep working it this way around the room doing an initial line and then pushing it up a little higher if I'm not happy with it and trying to maintain some kind of consistency.

If it is very difficult and it's a very rough surface there, you may have needed more prep work smoothing it out. You can always use more blue cut tape, but in closing with a little practice anybody could accurately paint their molding. When in doubt, always use some blue tape. In fact, let's take a look here. Yeah, as you can see, the fact that I did the repairs before smoothing it out and now putting the blue tape, I'm going to get a nice line going up and down. Same thing can be done here or you can practice and do it by hand.

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