Jun 212013

It’s All About the Prep Work!

The prep work in trim and doors  is so extensive. These areas require sanding, we will either hand sand all of the base trim, or we will power sand with and orbital sander. On doors we use a six inch disk..

This takes off the shiny finish that’s currently on the door surface and dulls it out.  That’s very important; if you paint over a shiny surface you will get poor adhesion. In order to get good adhesion you have to dull the surface down. This is the only first step.

Matt demonstrates some of the prep work installing new baseboards in this video:


Then wipe everything down with a tack cloth, which is a gooey, sticky rag that catches all of the micro dust that’s in all the cracks. We get that piece of wood, that trim or door totally free of dust.

The next step is to apply the caulk. The joints where the trim meets the wall has a little gap. We seal this with caulk so that its a seamless transition from wall to trim. Those seamless transitions make for a better paint job.

It’s is not something you would notice if you don’t have a trained eye. But if we don’t caulk you will notice the crack, you will notice gaps. When you install a piece of wood on the wall, a lot of times the wood is wavy, leaving bigger gaps here and smaller gaps there. The caulk makes the job look seamless.

Caulk is a painters best friend. It makes the finished paint job look cleaner. And part of what I pride myself on in our paint jobs is our cleanliness. When the jobs done it looks clean.

The next step includes priming over all the wood, so now we have our base coat.

Finally we’re going to apply one or two top coats of paint, as needed.

So when it comes to planning your paint job remember that in the estimate, a full repaint will reflect the cost of trim and doors. You can plan your budget on addition or subtraction of the trim and doors.

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