How to Paint a Door and Trim

The doors and trim in your home act as accents, perhaps highlighting and accentuating your home's most interesting features. Because of this, they are often painted with higher sheens, which naturally draw the eyes to their glossy surface.

For Best Results:

For doors, work from top to bottom.

Allow enough time for the paint to dry fully before putting doors and windows back into use. Otherwise, they will stick together.

Step 1

To paint trim, start at the corner and brush the paint onto the trim area. Reload the brush approximately every twelve inches. Repeat these steps until all the trim area is complete.

Step 1

Use a brush for painting in a small panel.  You can use a brush over the entire surface to avoid the appearance of roller stipple.

Step 2

Allow enough time for the paint to dry fully before putting doors and windows back into use. Otherwise, they will stick together.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)
  • Stir Stick
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