How To Paint Window Trim In 7 Steps

Matt’s been noticing his window trim is in need of a fresh coat of paint.

It just looks its age. The fading color and cracking paint are dead giveaways that he needs to take action. He also knows that his spouse won’t like it either. They will think everyone will see it and judge them for it and that’s never good.

Whatever the reason, Matt’s going to get to painting.

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He could hire a painter to do it, but he wants to know if he could do it himself. Seeing it has him itching to break out some tools and materials. He wants to learn how to paint window trim. His first step is finding the process for painting window trim online.

Here is the 7-step window trim painting process Matt finds.

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1. Identifying Your Window Trim Material

Wood, vinyl, and other materials don’t use the same paint. It just won’t work out well. The wrong paint can start peeling and chipping quickly.

That’s why you need the right paint for the right material.

2. Getting Painting Tools And Materials

  • Interior/exterior primer
  • Interior/exterior paint
  • Paint scraper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Cleanser and rags
  • 1 ½” – 2” paint brush
  • Wood filler (for any repairs)
  • Sandpaper (at least 120-grit)

3. Applying Painter’s Tape

Applying painters tape to window trim

This can help keep your walls clear of paint. It can also help you make nice, sharp lines that can look professional. Apply it to the wall around the trim and the interior where the trim meets the glass.

4. Repairing Any Damage

Wood filler is ideal for any holes, dings, etc. Make sure it is the kind you can sand, stain, and paint (it should be on the label).

This step also means removing any peeling or cracking paint and any hardened caulking.

5. Sanding The Trim

This step will help the paint stick better by giving it a rougher surface. This will also level out any uneven areas (especially if wood filler was used). Use 120-grit sandpaper/sponge.

If you want a thorough job you can start with 120-grit and then finish it off with 220-grit sandpaper.

Don’t forget to clean up after you sand or your paint won’t bond well.

6. Putting On The Primer

Yes this is an extra step, Well, unless you are painting unfinished wood because then it is necessary. Priming does help paint bond better and for longer. It could be the difference in repainting later rather than sooner.

7. Painting Window Trim

Most painters like to start with the inside edge. It’s harder to accidentally brush your hand or shirt across it than the outer, room-facing, edge. Don’t overload your brush. The paint may drip down and cause a mess.

Start at the top, then go to the sides, and then finish with the bottom. Wait for the first coat to dry. Apply a second coat of paint in the same manner and you’re done!

Painting window trim with painters tape around it

Remove the painter’s tape, step back, and take in your work.

Will You Paint Your Window Trim?

Your window trim can look just as good as the area around it. Sometimes, all it really needs is a fresh coat of paint. Now you can give it to them. If you don’t want to do it yourself you can always call a professional to do it.

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