Asked on Jan 3, 2019

How do I paint over dark trim?

Within the GroveWilliamKelli L. Milligan


I am planning on repainting the inside of my home. The trim throughout the home including windows is trimmed in dark wood. I would like to paint all trim white and liven up the walls with color

5 answers
  • Leisa Yeager
    on Jan 3, 2019

    Primer first then paint...make sure it is a good primer

  • Shore grandmom
    on Jan 4, 2019

    First lightly it, then use a primer. Then you're ready to paint. Just keep in mind that once you paint over wood stain, it's very hard if not impossible to change it back.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 4, 2019

    Sounds great. Lightly sand, use a high quality oil based primer, lightly sand smooth, caulk if necessary after priming. Let caulk set up 1 day. Paint 2 coats of oil based paint. You can use latex, but you'll have better luck of not chipping with Oil. Enjoy your new look!

  • William
    on Jan 4, 2019

    Just lightly sand to remove any shine like Shore and Kelli suggest. Prime with Kilz primer. Use a good door and trim paint.

  • Within the Grove
    on Jan 27, 2019

    I would do a coat of primer first and then your chosen paint color. The primer will also help the paint adhere to the trim.

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