9 Quick Question: Trim Paint

>> Wednesday, February 10, 2010

image This week we Wilkersons are dedicating all of our free time to paint. We conquered the walls this past weekend, so the job of painting trim is nearing. We’ve heard other bloggers and friends sing the praises of frog tape—we’ve stocked up on the green stuff—but we would love any tips and tricks from our fine friends! 

Spill your secrets: Do you have a certain paint you love? Are you a semi or high gloss person? We just gotta know!



Beverly,  February 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

I have not ever painted trim so I will be little help there. But I have used frog tape before and it does seem to work better than regular blue painters tape.

Carley,  February 10, 2010 at 9:16 AM  

I prefer a glossy finish on my trim. I painted all of the trim in my house a couple of years ago. It took forever but was well worth the effort. My rooms felt so refreshed afterwards. Good luck!

Susan,  February 10, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

oil-based paint will stand the test of time but beware the smell!!!

Dad,  February 10, 2010 at 1:26 PM  

Cara: For my projects I tpyically specify that trim be finished with a flat alykd enamel paint, but semi-gloss will work just as well. I really don't like a gloss finish. Dad

PS Let me know how the frog tape works.

Jessica Letzig,  February 10, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

We like semi-gloss on the trim and eggshell on the walls. Happy painting!

Allison February 11, 2010 at 7:18 AM  

Frog tape is more expensive but I had great success using it to paint stripes in a room - they came out crisp and accurate. The blue tapes have always let me down. The key to getting a nice sharp edge is to burnish the edge really well and then remove the tape as soon as you are able to after painting. I actually removed our tape almost the moment after I painted.

Live the Home Life February 11, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

Allison, glad to know that frog tape worked well for you. We are looking forward to giving it a whirl!

Thanks for all of the helpful tips! I'm feeling much more prepared for tackling leg 2 of our painting adventure.


The Photo Goo February 13, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

We used egg shell on the walls and semi-gloss on the trim. I wouldn't change a thing (well, maybe hired someone to do it :)

Live the Home Life February 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

Photo Goo, I hear you on that one! However you can't beat the sense of accomplishment once the painting is complete. A big "Wahoo! I did that!" moment.


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