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Varnished Trim Painting Tricks

Hi, I 'm Spike Ralphy. I 'm an editor for Family Handyman magazine, the world’s leading DIY magazine. We 're looking at difficult and challenging situations and one of them is applying paint to varnish trim. This baseboard might be the trim we used.

It might be around your windows or doors. But, the most important thing to do is to prepare the surface ' so that the primer and paint stick to it. We 're using Frog tape. It has very special properties that make it stand out.

Easier than ever to paint. First, you need to cover the floor with tape. If you have carpet, you can lay the tape down and then tuck it under your baseboard. For wood floors, you can use masking tape to place it.

Directly on the floor and then seal the edge very well you also want to protect your walls because you're going to be washing the baseboard and sanding it again work in 24 inch lengths or so so it's easier to handle get it roughly positioned and then once you have it right where you want it press it in place with your fingers and then use a .

Painters tool or a putty knife to very firmly press it in place in order to get a clean edge once you have the edge of your flooring protected then put down a top to protect the rest of your carpeting or flooring from other possible spills if you feel more secure about it you can actually do another layer of masking or painters tape in .

Order to secure it in place 've had a baseboard, 'remember oily cigarettes? 'remember that it has some residue from years of use.

Set your detergent in place. You can then use the detergent to clean all the nooks and corners. Then, rinse the mold with water. After it s dried, you ll need to sand it. This s to get rid of any drops or drips. Other painters, or in the finish. The other thing you can do is give a little tooth some roughness so that the primer that you apply next has a good surface. For large flat areas, use a flat sanding tool with fine sandpaper for areas that are more curvy.

Speight a piece of dowel wrap your sandpaper around that to get into the recesses make a crease in the sandpaper to get the little cracks and crevices where other pieces won't fit use a little bit of mineral spirits it's safe on all clear finishes dampen a rag and then just use that to get up the residue what you want is a nice even layer of .

Primer You want to follow the grain. Use a lightly loaded brush to get into the crevices. Next, finish the top. The last step is to paint. Lightly load your brush and give it a few taps to get rid of any excess paint. Finally, bring the brush over to your baseboard.

Paint again. Many people prefer to start with the curved and little crevices. Then you can use long, broad strokes to finish the rest.

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