Interior House Painting Tips (How to Paint Doors, Windows & Trim)

How to make your good paint job turn into a great one? The answer is simple, you only need to properly paint the door, windows, and trim areas. Some painters will ignore this area as it demands for a tedious work and really time consuming. But, if you do put more efforts in these areas, you’ll see that the result is worth it. To make your door, windows, and trim area looks perfect, first you need great paint tools. To work in this project you may need an airless sprayer and a brush. Below are the tips that you need to follow:

Doors

  • Prep

Before applying any paint, make sure you prepare the door. First, you may need to use a paintable wood filler to furnish any dings, dents, or holes in the surface, and then smooth it with sand. Moreover, you may need to give them a quick scuff-sand with some 220-grit sandpaper to allow the newly applied coating to bond better. Use a clean cloth to wipe out any dust from the surface after sanding.

Moreover, you may need to apply an oil-based or latex-based primer for bare wood prior to painting if your doors are bare wood. Don’t forget to caulk with a high quality paintable caulking between the gaps where any trim touches the walls. Make sure that the door’s hardware (locket, hinges, and latch) have either been removed. Last but not least, ensure that you have taped-off the door’s hardware, such as lockset, hinges, and latch to avoid them getting painted.

  • Paint

If you are working with a 6 panel door, there are several tips that you can follow in order to get the best result:

  1. Start by painting the edges on the hinge and latch sides of the door.
  2. Following the sequencing order in the picture below, paint the panels, starting from the molding and border detail along the perimeter of each panel first, after that painting the flat panel surface. Use your brush to feather out any excess paint and brush in the direction of the wood grain.
  3. In the end, paint the rails and the styles. Use the brush to feather out any excess paint and brushing in the direction of the wood grain. To apply the paint to the surface faster, you can use a 4” mini roller. Move it back and forth with your brush to suit the brush-stroke texture of the rest of the door.

If you want to obtain a complete uniform coverage, you need to apply a second coat.

Windows
Basically, you need to do the same preparation with what you’ve done with the doors. To paint a single-hung window, you may need to remove the lower sash by removing the window stop trim. If you have double-hung windows, here are some steps to paint your windows professionally:

  1. Pulling the upper one down and the lower one up to reverse the sashes. Paint the lower sash and the bottom half of the upper sash, in the direction of the wood grain. Let the paint to lap ever so slightly onto the glass where the wood and glass meet. This will prevent the edge of the wood to keep moisture out. Clean up any excess paint after your paint dry on the glass.
  2. Sliding the upper and lower sash to un-reserve the sashes. Use remained paint of the upper sash in the direction of the wood grain. This will allow your paint line slightly onto the glass.
  3. Finish your work with a smaller brush in the direction of the wood, especially if your muntins are not removable. Don’t forget to allow your paint line slightly onto the glass.
  4. Finish your work by painting the window trim top to bottom, doing the edges first then the face of the trim.

Let the paint dry by opening the sashes. However, to prevent the window from sticking, you need to move each sash up and down daily for one week.

Trim
Conduct the same preparation as you did for the doors and windows before you start painting. Then, you can start painting in one corner of the room and work your way around the room back to the starting point, following the direction of the wood grain. If you have more than one level or molding or trim in rooms, you can start from the upper most molding first then proceed to the lower molding.

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