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Scholars Edge Painting acknowledges that painting your exterior trim is an essential part of home maintenance that helps to protect the wood from the elements while enhancing the curb appeal of your property. Here’s a comprehensive step-by-step guide from Scholars Edge Painting to paint exterior trim:


Start by clearing the area around the trim and covering nearby surfaces, such as siding or windows, with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect them from paint splatter. Clean the trim thoroughly to remove dirt, dust, and loose paint using a pressure washer or a mixture of mild detergent and water and a scrub brush. Allow the trim to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.


Inspect the trim for any damage, such as cracks, rot, or holes. Replace damaged trim sections and fill in holes or gaps with wood filler. Sand down rough or uneven areas to create a smooth surface for painting.


Use painter’s tape to mask off areas adjacent to the trim you don’t want to paint, such as windows, doors, or siding. Wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves, goggles, and a mask, to shield yourself from paint fumes and splatter.

Choosing Paint

Select a high-quality exterior paint that is specifically formulated for trim. Consider factors such as colour, finish (e.g., satin, semi-gloss, or gloss), and durability. If the trim has been previously painted, choose a paint compatible with the existing finish. Scholars Edge Painting recommends the Sherwin-Williams brand for all of your painting needs.

Priming (if necessary)

If the trim is bare wood or has significant areas of bare wood due to repairs, it’s advisable to apply a primer before painting. Primer helps the paint adhere better and provides an extra layer of protection. Apply the primer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using a brush or roller to ensure even coverage. Allow the primer to dry completely before painting.


Stir the paint thoroughly to ensure an even consistency. Apply the paint to the trim using a high-quality brush or roller. Scholars Edge believes brushes are ideal for intricate areas and edges, while rollers are faster for covering large sections. Start from the top of the trim and work your way down, applying the paint in smooth, even strokes. Pay special attention to coating all sides and edges of each trim piece for thorough coverage and protection. If necessary, apply a second coat of paint once the first coat has dried completely, following the same process.


To maintain its appearance and protection, regularly inspect the painted trim for signs of wear or damage and touch up any areas as needed. Consider applying a clear sealant over the paint to protect against UV rays and moisture.


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