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How to Prep for Trim, Baseboards & Frames

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Make sure the paint goes only where you want it to go

Painting anything other than a big, blank wall can seem intimidating to many people.  After all, it’s those intricate, detailed places like chair rails and baseboards that require a steadier hand and a lot more patience. 

But don’t call a professional for the job just yet.  As long as you take the proper precautions to ensure your carpet, floors and walls are protected from splattering paint or an unsteady hand gone awry, the painting can be done in no time.

Step 1

Use a sponge and bucket of soapy water to clean areas to be painted.

 

Step 2

Use a pre-taped drop cloth to protect the rest of the floor from splatters. If you are only painting the baseboard, apply the pre-taped drop cloth to the masking tape. Otherwise, apply the pre-taped drop cloth to the carpet masking tape.

 

Step 3

Clean areas to be painted with a sponge and bucket of soapy water.

 

Step 4

Use a pre-taped drop cloth on the floor to protect against paint spills.

 

Step 5

Paint trim & frames following the directions from the painting manufacturer.

 

Step 6

Remove tape at a 90-degree angle before paint fully cures.

 

Step 7

Protect your flooring.

 

 

For Rooms with Carpet: Use a carpet masking tape to tape between baseboard and carpet.

 

 

For Room with Hardwood Floors: Apply a pre-taped drop cloth or a 2” painter’s tape to the floor against the baseboard.

Step 8

Paint following manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

Step 9

Remove tape at a 90-degree angle before paint fully cures.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 10

Apply painter’s tape around trim areas to protect the wall and other areas from paint.

 

 

TIP:   For best results, usepainter’s tape with a specialized adhesive that won’t damage delicate surfaces upon removal.

 

 

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