How to Paint Moldings and Trim

Hi, I’m Cole Schaefer,
professional painter, and welcome to
Dunn-Edwards Paints, How to Paint video series. You know a nicely painted room
is one that has clean lines and looks polished. Moldings and trim are
a big part of what gives a space its style, so be
sure to give them the attention they deserve. In this video we’ll show you
how to properly prep and paint moldings and trim
so you can complete the look of your space. Moldings and trim
come in a variety of forms like base moldings,
door casings, or crown molding. Good preparation and
painting techniques will make these architectural
details really accent a room. Now in order to paint
your moldings and trim, you’ll need the
following supplies along with your Dunn-Edwards
Premium paint, masking tape, a paintbrush, buckets,
sandpaper, spackle, putty knife, caulk and caulking
gun, dust mask, goggles, and gloves, and drop cloths. And, of course, all
of these supplies are available at your
neighborhood Dunn-Edwards paint store. So before you begin
priming, you want to fill in any holes with
spackle and sand them smooth. Next, you’ll want to
inspect the molding and lightly sand it to improve
adhesion and ensure that you have a smooth surface to paint. Now take a look at your trim. If there’s a gap between
the moldings and the wall, or cracks at the
corner joints, you may want to fill them in with
caulk using a caulking gun. To get a smooth finish with
caulking get your fingertip wet and softly glide it over
the top of the caulking bead to make it smooth. Always keep a wet rag or
bucket of water on hand when working with caulking. For the next steps
grab your masking tape. But before you begin taping,
remove any dust with a vacuum or damp cloth to help
your tape stay put. Now you’re ready to
mask off your walls so you don’t get paint on them. Now this is especially
important if you’re using a different color
than the wall paint. Oh, and be sure
to run your finger along the edge of the
tape, to prevent paint from bleeding
underneath, to give you a good, clean,
crisp straight line. So to protect your
floors, place canvas drop cloths underneath any
areas to be painted. Oh, and you might want to
consider using carpet guards when painting baseboard
trim in carpeted rooms. Now before you
paint don’t forget to prime any patched
areas or unfinished areas. If your molding or trim
was painted previously with an oil-based
paint, you’ll need to prime it to
get good adhesion. If you’re not sure if it was
painted with oil-based paint, simply play it safe
and prime it anyway. Now make sure the
primer is good and dry, and then check it
to see if it needs to be sanded before painting. If it does, use a 220
grit or higher sandpaper to prevent any sanding marks
from telegraphing through to the finish. Once you’re done with
these first few steps, you’re now ready to paint. And when you’ve completed
and the paint is dry, remember to remove the
masking tape slowly. Do not leave the
tape on the surface too long as it could
be harder to remove without damaging the paint. Now if you’re looking for
that smooth oil-based finish, consider using
Dunn-Edwards Aristowall premium interior paint. Available in both semi-gloss
and gloss sheen’s, Aristowall is easy to apply, and
provides the nice finish of traditional oil-based
paint, but has less odor, dries faster, and allows
for easy cleanup with water. So for all of us here
at Dunn-Edwards Paints, I’m Cole Schaefer. Thanks for watching. And happy painting.


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  • Mylah Santres

    Thanks! Super helpfull

  • HajisSaya

    Yeah I have wooden trim that is brown in my house and it is very crocus. I am ready to Paint it….White! Hetalia! so my house can look normal.

  • David Hillard

    Great tips thanks!  Isn't there a method of caulking over the edge of the tape for clean lines?

  • Karyn Young

    Helpful thank you

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  • B Miller

    I would recommend pulling the tape prior to it drying which risks bridging between the paint and tape and increases the likelihood of pulling some of the fresh paint, since the paint is still wet, use a pair of latex gloves or any old pair of gloves to do the pulling.

  • tripjet999

    And always wear disposable GLOVES when painting!

  • Buckweat Bobby

    just curious but it looked as if there was paint on the hardwood floors after you finished? i could be wrong. also never let it fully dry before pulling the tape off.

  • Destinyatk

    I wish we'd hire u to paint our hse cause the ones we got now DON'T USE TAPE for crisp edges…who does that? Where are your paints sold at in Nashville? Great video. Now I want to learn to paint like a pro

  • Christovan Luna

    Nice camera fade job @ 3:33 I'm a new painter and have learned a small bead of clear caulk along the tape line will insure a perfect crisp line. And I'm sure you sell that too! Learned it from, The Idaho painter, he's a perfectionist, Love It !

  • Charlie for auld lang syne

    Applying Primer before caulking is much better.

  • B Vaught

    Just buy you a nicer brush one.. 2. learn how to cut in. If you must tape use your 5n1 on your corners to cut tape straight .. after watching a couple of these paint videos I see that I must create one to show all you guys up

  • BumleggProds

    i seen the bit of gloss you got on the wall Cole after you removed the tape 😉

  • Colonel Sanders

    I`ve just had a look at my `trim` and i have a large `gash`……………….. Now what?

  • CHITO2800

    my friend just painted my hall ways trims and doors with exterior paint.with Valspar aspire paint & primer exclusive ever luxe formula. I'm just a little worry this is bad for me and family. I notice it smells a lot. my nephew caughs a lot too. I was thinking he was sick. he painted a week ago & just yesterday again. I just realized it was exterior paint. could this bring any health issues in the future? if I wanted to paint over it with interior do I need prime first or can I just buy paint with prime? thanks

  • Irving Arias

    So first is prime then regular paint?

  • William Smith

    I painted my moldings and trim and when I finished, I pulled off the tape. The tape pulled the paint off and left bare spots in some places. What happened?
    We sanded with 220 sandpaper, wiped off to clean, taped and painted.

  • creative

    How do I know Cole isn’t a pro? Tape

  • T mo

    Do you calk before or after painting ant won't it keep you from getting a crisp line?


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