Asked on Sep 30, 2017

How to paint chipped woodwork.

BijousNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CAPat


House built around 1930. Very many coats of paint on all trim, which I like because it looks "soft", but there are small chips where you can see previous colors of paint. Should I sand the chipped places or use some kind of filler (And sand?) before painting again with white paint? I painted with white paint when I moved in and see pale blue behind it and brown behind that.

5 answers
  • Emily
    on Sep 30, 2017

    chances are on woodwork this old you may have lead paint. It wouldn't bother me but it is the belief now that this is a serious situation. I think you would actually have to strip the woodwork which is a lot of work.
  • Debra Evans
    on Sep 30, 2017

    If it is paint then using a heat gun and a scraper is easier than sanding and you can take to the bare wood or if there are many layers of paint leave what you want.
  • Pat
    on Sep 30, 2017

    Touch up the chips with paint and you will probably never notice them. May have to use two coats on the chipped part but easier than sanding and stripping.
  • Use Citristrip and remove all bad paint jobs and start over.
  • Bijous
    on Sep 30, 2017

    Easiest way, caulk the areas that are showing different layers. Use one that you can sand but don't put on a big glob (technical term) because it will take you forever to sand down. Use several thin coats. Takes time but will pay off in the long run. Paint with oil paint only. Acrylic will not cover well. The original paints were all oil based in an old house..
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