Enhance Exterior Wooden Trim That Surrounds New Windows

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Enhance Exterior Wooden Trim That Surrounds New Windows

Enhance Exterior Wooden Trim That Surrounds New Windows

12 September 2016
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If you recently had new window panes installed in your home, enhance the exterior wooden trim that surrounds them by removing peeling paint, cleaning the wood, and adding a couple coats of exterior paint that is a bold color. Follow the steps below. 

Materials Needed

  • paint scraper
  • putty knife
  • emery cloth 
  • tack cloth
  • detergent
  • water hose
  • bucket
  • natural-bristle scrub brush
  • plastic sheeting
  • painter's tape
  • exterior primer
  • exterior paint
  • mixing stick
  • paint tray
  • paint roller
  • thin paintbrush

​Remove Peeling Paint And Sand Rough Spots On The Wood

Use a paint scraper or putty knife to carefully remove loose pieces of paint from the wooden trim. Do not exert excessive force with either tool because it can cause marks to appear in the wood. If the wood trim pieces have a rough spots on their exterior, eliminate them by moving an emery cloth firmly back and forth over each section. Afterwards, wipe away sanding dust with a tack cloth.

Eliminate Stains From The Trim And Apply A Coat Of Primer

Mix a small amount of detergent and warm water together. Use a handheld scrub brush that has natural bristles to apply the cleaning solution to any surface stains on the wooden trim pieces. Move the brush swiftly over each dirty surface. Once the trim pieces are clean, rinse them off with a water hose. Cover the portions of siding that are adjacent to the trim pieces with plastic sheeting that is secured with strips of painter's tape.

Stir a can of exterior primer and pour a small amount of it into a paint tray. Use a paint roller to apply the primer to the wood in straight lines. Use a thin paintbrush to cover small trim sections that were not covered completely with the paint roller. 

Cover The Primed Trim With A Couple Coats Of Paint

Clean out the paint tray and pour a small amount of exterior paint that has been mixed into it. Apply the paint over the primer with the roller and thin paintbrush. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before adding an additional one. After the second coat of paint has had plenty of time to dry, carefully remove the pieces of tape that are secured to the plastic sheeting that is covering the siding. The freshly-painted wooden trim will draw attention to the new windows that were installed in your home and give your home's exterior an improved appearance. 

For assistance, contact a company like Stetson Painting.

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Hello, my name is Emily Green. Welcome to my website about home maintenance and repairs performed by general contractors. When I bought my first house, absolutely everything was in perfect condition. After living there for several months, however, I started to notice a slight decline in the finishes of certain materials in my house. I suspected that the items needed care, but I did not know how to proceed. A general contractor helped me learn everything I needed to know about home maintenance and repairs. I created this site to share this knowledge with my readers. Come by again soon to learn more.

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