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How to Paint Exterior Trim

Details, details… are they good or bad? They say “The Devil is in the details.” But then again, often it is the details that add the most beauty and interest to our lives. In exterior painting, the details often involve painting trim, such as fascia, gables, and the trim around windows and doors. How do you paint exterior trim so that these details add beauty to your home?

Some aspects of painting exterior trim would apply to all exterior house painting, but some are more specific. Let’s take a look at the process and the products.

Exterior House Painting: Products for Trim

To make sure your exterior paint holds up well against the elements, looking great in all seasons, it is important to use a high quality latex/acrylic paint. It is worth using premium exterior paints because the cost difference is more than made up for by the increased longevity.

When painting exterior trim, the choice of sheen is not too complicated. Most Connecticut homeowners prefer a semi-gloss exterior paint because the extra reflectiveness draws attention to the architectural details in a pleasing way.

If there are any areas where your trim has bare wood, you will need an exterior grade primer as well.

The Process for Painting Exterior Trim

As with all exterior painting, it is vital to begin with a clean surface. A gentle wash with a long-handled scrub brush and mild soap is a great method. If the trim is not too hard to reach, you can use a sponge instead. Follow this up with a rinse. If you have access to a pressure washer, this can also do the job, but it requires more experience and caution.

Once your surface is clean and dry, look for any areas that might need remediation or repair. If there is any deteriorated wood, it will need to be patched or replaced. Failing paint must be scraped away. Any bare wood needs to be primed. Now that the surfaces are sound, you can apply the paint!

For detail work like painting exterior trim, use a medium-width angled paintbrush. Use tape wherever a painted and non-painted surface meet, so that you do not get exterior paint where you don’t want it. On angled or vertical surfaces, start at the top and work your way down. On horizontal trim, start at one end and work systematically toward the other.

A Note about Heights

Painting exterior trim often involves working up high and reaching above your head. If you do not have the proper ladders and experience to do this safely, it is best to work with a Connecticut house painting company. This saves you the strain and fatigue of working over your head for many hours, and it prevents potential accidents.

Southington Painting

If you are considering painting your exterior trim, Southington Painting would be happy to provide you with a free estimate. There is no commitment, and this allows you to evaluate all your options.

At Southington Painting, we emphasize superior customer service and quality workmanship. For more than 40 years, we have been serving Connecticut with dedication and excellence. In addition to exterior painting, we offer interior painting, drywall services, epoxy floor coatings, kitchen cabinet painting, and more! Contact us by calling our office or using our online estimate scheduling tool.

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