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Tips for Painting Trim

by / Monday, 20 February 2012 / Published in Interior House Painting

Are you still not sure whether to paint your office or your home? Another great way to spruce up the look of your space without breaking the bank is painting the trim. Professional Cincinnati painters rarely need to mask anything. They have mastered the art of brush strokes and painting techniques in such a way that they don’t get paint on the carpet, hardwood floors, or countertops. But when painting the trim on your own, you’ll need to tape and mask the areas that you don’t want painted. Also, make sure you have a high quality brush and paint.

First, dip the brush about halfway into the paint can. Pull the brush up and tap it against the inside of the paint can a couple of times. This should leave just the right amount of paint on the brush. Next, leave about 1 inch from the edge that you are painting. Press the brush flat against the wood. The bristles will naturally create a straightened edge. Maintain the pressure against the brush until you’ve completed the edge. It’s best to work in quick, short strokes. Also, it’s better to paint two thin coats of paint rather than one heavy coat of paint, especially if you are painting near the carpet. If you do paint one heavy coat, the paint could run down the wall, glop together, accidentally hit the carpet below, or all of the above.

If you are painting the baseboards near the carpet, we’d recommend that you tape down and cover the carpet with either a drop cloth or sheet of plastic. The only time that professional painters use tape is when taping down carpet. Furthermore, it may be necessary to use a knife to push the tape behind the baseboard so that the wall is not accidentally painted as well.

Should you find you need assistance in painting the trim, please give us a call for a free estimate.


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