Preparing and Painting Existing Interior Trim
Preparing Existing Woodwork
- Liquid etching product
- Rubber gloves
- Wood putty (paintable)
- Putty knife
- Sand paper or pads
- Microfiber tack cloth or a clean dry sponge
- Heat gun or liquid paint remover
- Drop cloth(s)
- Dust mask
- Lead pamphlet
If the existing coating is in sound shape it should be sanded with a medium grade sandpaper or cleaned and etched with a liquid etching product in order to ensure the new coating adheres properly.
If your home was built prior to 1978, please consult the Lead Pamphlet for potentially important safety information.
- Sand the surface with sandpaper or by using a liquid etching product to create a “profile” for the new coating to adhere to.
- Fill any chips, gouges or nail holes with an interior wood spackle or putty.
- Sand repaired areas flush with the surface using a fine grade sandpaper.
- Wipe sanded surface with a tack cloth to remove dust. Use a pointed stick to get into corners where dust may be trapped.
- Prime over any bare wood or repaired areas.
Note: If the existing coating is in bad condition, such as cracking and flaking off the surface, you may want to consider stripping back to bare wood.
Painting Existing Woodwork
- Drop cloth(s)
- Masking tape
- Paint brush
- Fine finish roller frame and cover
- Paint tray
- Paint tray liner
- Cut-in bucket
Once the surface preparation is complete, and you have your desired paint in the color and finish you should:
- Mask surfaces surrounding the project area.
- Cover floor with drop cloths.
- Sand primed areas with a fine grade sandpaper to ensure a level topcoat.
- Use a tack cloth to remove dust.
- Apply paint using desired tool.
Windows - Start at the edges closest to the window and work outward.
Doors - Work in square sections using a brush and/or roller.
Trim and other woodwork - Work in small, manageable sections for best results.
It is imperative in all applications to maintain a “wet edge” at all times. This requires you to work quickly from an unpainted area into the section you just painted. Maintaining a “wet edge” helps to provide the best results.
Note: If running short on paint, stop at a corner. Try to save some of the remaining paint in the original container to bring in for a perfect match.