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When painting an entire room, paint the wood trim first, then paint the walls. Start by painting the inside portions of the trim, and work out toward the walls. on windows, for instance, first paint the edges close to the glass, then paint the surrounding face trim.

Doors should be painted quickly because of the large surface. To avoid lap marks, always paint from dry surfaces back into wet paint. On baseboards, cut in the top edge and work down to the flooring. Plastic floor guards or a wide broad knife can help shield carpet and wood flooring from paint drips. Alkyds and latex enamels may require two coats. Always sand lightly between coats and wipe with a tack cloth so that the second coat bonds properly.

How to Paint Window Trim

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    To paint double‑hung windows, remove them from their 1 frames if possible. Newer, spring‑mounted windows are released by pushing against the frame.

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    Drill holes and insert two 2" nails into the legs of a wooden 2 step ladder. Mount the window easel‑style for easy painting. Or, lay the window flat on a bench or sawhorses. Do not paint the sides or bottom of the window sashes.

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    Using a tapered sash brush, begin by painting the wood next to the glass. Use the narrow edge of the brush, and overlap the paint onto the glass to create a weather seal.

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    With a putty knife wrapped in a clean cloth, remove excess paint from the glass. Rewrap the knife often so that you always wipe with clean fabric. Overlap paint from the sash onto the glass by 1⁄16".

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    Paint all flat portions of the sashes, then the case moldings, sill, and apron. Use slow brush strokes, and avoid getting paint between the sash and the frame.

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    If you must paint windows in place, move the painted windows up and down several times during the drying period to keep them from sticking. Use a putty knife to avoid touching the painted surfaces.

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