Top Tip

Always paint the windows early in the day so they have enough time to dry before you close them in the evening. A handy tip is to open and close the window a number of times while the paint is drying so that they don’t stick.

DIY Interiors

Step 6: Let’s paint trims & woodwork

Once you've finished the walls and ceilings it's time to attack trims and woodwork including window frames, skirting boards and door jams.


Water based vs Oil based trim

Today's water based enamels are as tough and durable as traditional oil based enamels in most painting situations and have better exterior durability. Using a water based enamel offers the added benefit of low odour, non-yellowing and fast drying compared to traditional oil based enamels and they are better for the environment.

Paint the Trim and Woodwork

Use a 25 - 50mm brush for skirting boards, doors, mouldings and woodwork.

  • Spread the paint quickly to an even film over a small section, laying off lightly into freshly painted sections.
  • Avoid applying excessively thick coats as running or sagging may occur. Rebrush any runs or sags immediately. Don’t wait until the paint has started to dry.
  • Splashes should be removed immediately with a dampened cloth.
  • For best results to achieve a smoother finish, lightly sand after undercoating and between finishing coats with 240 or finer abrasive paper and remove dust.
  • Coat window frames sparingly.
  • To avoid sticking, move windows within 30 minutes and again in the first 24 hours.

Keep reading...

Step 1: How much paint do I need?

Step 2: Which sheen should I use?

Step 3: Choosing the right Prep Coat

Step 4: Prepare the surface

Step 5: Let's paint Ceilings and Walls

Step 6: Let's paint Trims and Woodwork

Step 7: Which tools do I need?

Step 8: Clean-up, storage & disposal

Guide Download

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