Since it’s the first thing that everyone who passes by your house sees, the exterior of your home needs to always look at its best. Most of the time though people focus a lot more on the color and materials and this means that many of them are going to overlook the trim. The trim though is essential since it helps you tie the look of your exterior together and generally provides a great contrast with the siding color. So if you’re currently thinking about painting your trim, then it’s very important that you choose the right color.
Before you can start paining your home’s trim, you should take some time in order to properly prepare the surface. If this is not the first time the trim is to be painted, then you should make sure to consider scraping off the old coats. Bear in mind that if you have a property with a lot of tram, you’d be better off by using a painter shaver instead of a hand scraper. Next, to create a smooth surface for the paint, make sure to sand the trim. In case you noticed any kind of damage in the wood, such as chips, holes or anything else, it’s best to use a wood epoxy and putty to fill them.
There is one extremely important thing when scraping old paint from your house trim. You have to make sure that it doesn’t contain lead. Read more about lead paint on EPA.gov website here – http://www2.epa.gov/lead
Watch this short video for a few very important tips on house trim painting.
Lastly, before painting, double check to make sure the trim is clean prior to painting your home’s exterior. If you want, you could mix 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of trisodium phosphate and 1 cup of bleach to make a cleanser that you can then use to clean your external wall. Use a stiff bristled brush to apply the solution on the wall and then carefully scrub the area clean of any residue, such as mold, dirt, etc. When done, the trim should be rinsed using a hose and don’t start painting the wall until it’s completely dry.
Find out about Trisodium Phosphate at this link – http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/trisodium_phosphate
Don’t Skip The Primer
If there are areas of bare wood on your trim, it’s recommended that the surface is primed prior to applying the paint. The trim should be coated with a paintable water repellent, since this is going to help prevent the wood from shrinking or cracking when exposed to moisture. After that, you should follow up with a regular exterior primer. Oil based formulas are generally better, since they can better penetrate the wood compared to latex primers.
More about painting house siding: – http://www.progressivepaintingservices.com/how-to-paint-house-wooden-siding
Choose the Right Finish
It’s true that the trim represents only a small part of the exterior surface of your home, but the color you paint it in greatly influences the overall look of your house. For a great look, consider using a paint with a high sheen finish, since this is going to help it stand out from the siding. Semi-gloss and gloss finishes in this regard are excellent choices.
Choose the Right Tools
To apply the paint on the trim, you need to use either a paint sprayer or a paint roller. If you go for a brush though, it’s important to get the biggest size so it properly fits your trim.
Start at Top
To avoid imprinting areas that you have already covered and to also avoid smudging, make sure to start at the top of your home. Before you move on to the second story windows, it’s important paint the gutters, eaves and also the gables. The foundation, the railings and also the porch should be saved for last. Speaking about painting the porch, consider painting the vertical pieces first, such as the spindles and leave the handrails for last.