Do it yourself!

Monday, November 03, 2008

How To Paint Inside Trim

The first thing to do is decide whether you want to use latex or oil based paint.  Latex is easier to work with, but in my opinion oil looks better and is stronger. Some people will say it’s ok to put latex over oil with proper prep work but I’ve redone so many projects that were done this way because of chipping,  I’d recomend against it.  Using oil base paints you don’t have to worry about that and in my opinion you get a better job. Oil isn’t that difficult to work with after you get used to it.

Tools and Materials


  1. Fill holes with spackling and caulk the cracks. Sand smooth after dry and wipe clean.
  2. Apply a coat of stain blocking primer, tinted to match the finish paint color. This could save having to apply a 2nd coat of finish paint. Not usually but   sometimes. It’s worth a try.
  3. When primer is dry sand with 180 grit sandpaper and wipe clean. Fill in any defects that show up.
  4. Apply a coat of finish paint. Usually it needs to be thinned just a little to make it work good. Brush out thoroughly so that you won’t have any runs. It’s better to apply another coat than to have runs in your work..
  5. Now is where you have to be the judge whether or not it’s covered good enough. Usually it takes 2 coats of finish paint to get good a job. If a 2rd coat is needed re-sand and apply another coat.

  A lot of people use blue painter tape to get a straight line, and I guess it helps, but you will still have to touch up where the paint runs under the tape. It really helps when rolling walls to put the tape on top of the baseboard.
  Just about any brand name paint is as good as another these days, but according to Consumer Reports, Behr is on the top of the list.


Register as a new member to leave a comment.