As far as the process went, experts recommend using oil-based primer to block potential bleed-through when it comes to painting wood trim (followed by latex paint). Here’s a short, step-by-step video that shows how to prepare the surface and paint exterior wood trim. Moisture in a house derives from both exterior sources, such as rain and snow or power-washing for painting, and interior sources, including cooking, laundering, and bathing. Then let it dry and paint with either a water-based paint for easier cleanups like Benjamin Moore’s Latex Floor & Patio Paint , or an oil-based paint like Urethane Porch & Floor Paint for extra shine and durability. Water vapor moving through walls to the outside paint can come from plumbing leaks, sink or tub overflows, cooking, or using a humidifier.
Depending on whether you decided to paint your trim indoors or outdoors, what you do now will vary. Outside moisture such as rain and dew can penetrate a paint coat and result in cracking, peeling, discoloration and premature paint failure. Any time you make a building more vapor-tight, you risk trapping high moisture levels inside, which we all know have the potential to lead to serious problems, from peeling paint to rotting wood. An exterior all-acrylic latex house paint would be the best choice for painting pressure-treated wood. While it kind of worked, if you hit the baseboard with the vacuum it would remove the white paint; like it didn’t adhere too good.
Polyurethane caulk, which is based on the reaction of a glycol with an isocyanate to form a compound, is preferred for outdoor applications, with high-quality products having an exterior life span of 10 to 20 years, depending on exposure. Both window sashes were green like they wanted but the entire window unit which includes the jambs were also green on the exterior.
We actually painted all of the wood trim in our first house (including the stuff in the bathroom and kitchen) using this method (no sanding or primer) and we luckily didn’t have any chipping or bleed-through issues after 4+ years there. When it comes to damage from sun, rain, and wind, one of a house’s most susceptible elements is its wood trim, and few things look shabbier than cracking, peeling paint.
For many people stripping the old paint or varnish while the trim remains on the wall is the only viable method. If you’re going to get fancy and paint the trim in a room black or light blue, then limit it to that room just to be safe. When we moved into our house three years ago, I tried to find a trim color that would match the fireplace mantel, thinking I wouldn’t need to paint that.
If you want to restore a finish like this to a consistently smooth surface, you will need to remove the areas where the original coating still remains, bringing everything down to the same level. I also don’t get the sin of painting oak- I now have builder grade 1989 oak all over my house and everyone thinks I’m crazy to want to replace and paint everything- but there is nothing charming about 90s oak!
In the past, artificial” sidings (asphalt, asbestos, aluminum, and most recently, vinyl) often covered an original siding material, not because the underlying material was necessarily defective or deteriorated, but to avoid the need for periodic painting. Basically you have two options when painting windows: paint your windows one color or paint them two colors.
Solid-color stain is the typical material used over new siding and in new construction today, and, because it is easier to re-coat than paint and requires less exacting surface preparation, is an appealing alternative for old house owners. Again, done before blogging world so no pictures were snapped, but my husband installed some pine molding along the tops of the cabinets, which I just added two coats of paint to, to match the rest of the cabinets. The distinctive ripples and bubbles of old glass are a character-defining feature of old houses, so when possible, broken panes should be repaired or replaced in kind.
As for the paint choice, we used the off-the-shelf white stuff that comes without any tint from Olympic Premium called Base 2” (since Base 1” is also known as Ultra White,” and we wanted something crisp and white but not crazy white with a glowing blue tint to it). Butyl caulk is solvent-based and characteristically stringy, which makes it difficult to apply in a finish-quality joint, but its admirable adhesion and weather resistance continue to make it popular for sealing gutters, chimney flashings, walks, and other exterior joints. With alkyd paint the brush should be a natural bristle brush or a synthetic bristle made for alkyd paint.
Once you’ve removed all broken glass and push points, continue working on the opening with a scraper (or chisel, if needed) to remove any remaining putty. Dark colors which absorb heat and thick paint coats are more likely to blister than white paints or thin coats. We live in a 100 year old condo and after 7 years of living with (a ton of) natural trim, I am finally starting to paint it all clean, bright white!
Rushing never pays off because getting excess caulk out of wood grain and cracks is tough to do. Caulks that are solvent-based, such as polyurethane, need to be cleaned with paint thinner, which can leave stains on nearby finished surfaces. Grays are popular because they are versatile and accommodate a wide variety of wood tones, styles and accent colours. You may want to check with a paint specialist at your local home improvement store, however, I believe if you did a light sanding, a coat of primer and one to two coats of paint, you should be good to go!
If you’re working with trim with many layers of paint, start with an 80-grit sandpaper and smooth down the wood. To make salvaged boat wood trim, you will need several colors (4-7 give a nice variety), some 2 x 4 wood blocks, and styrofoam plates. The FPL therefore strongly recommends painting within two weeks of installation, whether the rough or smooth side is facing out. Keep applying coats of stripper and scraping off the loosened paint until you get down to bare wood.