2 Mistakes To Avoid When Painting The Interior Trim Of Your House

Posted on: 7 January 2020

If you have decided to give your home's interior a facelift by giving it a new paint job, you will also want to include painting the trim to complete the look. However, since the trim can be a little trickier to paint than the walls to achieve a clean, finished appearance, you should be careful not to make the following mistakes that could make your job of painting the trim harder than it should be.

1. Using Painter's Tape Incorrectly

One of the necessities of painting trim is using painter's tape to create straight, clean lines around the trim as well as to keep any excess paint and splatters off of your walls. However, if you do not use the tape correctly, you may wind up having to either touch up certain areas or completely start over.

First of all, you need to make sure that you are actually using painter's tape, which is typically blue and clearly marked on the packaging. If you use any other type of tape, such as masking tape, it will not remove easily, leaving a sticky residue behind and possibly removing part of the paint.

Secondly, make sure that you remove the tape while the paint on the trim is still wet. If it is allowed to dry, you risk pulling the paint on the trim off along with the tape.

2. Neglecting to Use a Primer Before You Paint

Another mistake that you should avoid making while painting your home's interior trim is neglecting to use a primer on the trim before you paint. Applying primer is an important step that should not be skipped no matter whether the trim is unfinished or already painted.

When you apply primer to the trim, it prepares the surface so that the paint has a better surface on which to adhere. If you skip this step, you run the risk of having the paint peel off in the near future, making it necessary for you to scrape off the paint and redo the job. 

Avoiding the above mistakes while painting your home's interior trim can help you achieve a smooth, clean finish once the paint has dried. However, if you are nervous about doing the job correctly or do not have time for all of the proper steps, consider contacting a residential interior painting service to discuss your options for having them do the job for you.