If you've replaced the caulking around doors, windows and joints, make sure that it is dry before painting over it. Mask window panes, the siding next to trim, and even porch surfaces under railings. Remove screens and storm windows.
Choose a color scheme that expresses your personality and your home's style. This is a great way to bring the feel of the interior outside, for a beautifully cohesive look. Whether you choose colors that complement your siding or a monochromatic look, semigloss or gloss paint is a good choice for trim. It offers sheen that really pops.
Rinse the trim with a garden hose to make sure that the surface is dirt- and debris-free. And allow plenty of time for the trim to dry after rinsing. Cover plants and bushes with a dropcloth to protect them from rogue drips of paint.
Use a tinted primer in a shade close to the paint color to achieve even coverage and minimize the number of coats you'll need to apply. Choose an oil-based primer if you're using an oil-based paint and a latex primer with a latex paint.
Start at the top and work your way down. For the best results and clean lines, remove tape as you finish painting, rather than waiting for the paint to dry. Use the largest size brush that fits your trim to minimize brush strokes. Nylon and polyester brushes work best with latex paints, while natural bristles work best with oil-based paints. For ultimate coverage and protection from insects and the elements, paint at least two coats, allowing ample dry-time between them.
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