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What Paint Brushes Are Best for Painting Trim And Baseboards?

Author: venusgeng

Nov. 03, 2022


Repainting certain parts of the house may be something you have considered as it can withstand the typical wear and tear. One of the most common areas for touching up is the interior trim around windows and doors. If you think painting the trim might be part of your next renovation, but don't know where to start, then you've come to the right place.


What paint brushes are best for painting trim and baseboards?

When painting trim or baseboards, the brush you use may vary depending on the size of the baseboards and the type of paint you are using. Usually a 2 or 2.5 inch angled brush will be sufficient. Especially when using latex paint, it is best to paint the baseboards with a nylon or poly-nylon brush.


Although DIY projects can be fun and rewarding, there are some useful tips you need to follow to ensure your baseboards is smooth and flawless when the job is done. Now that you know how to choose the right brush for your project, the next step is to start preparing the baseboards for painting.

Wood Handle Angle Paint Brush

Wood Handle Angle Paint Brush


Preparing your baseboards

The first thing you will want to do is wipe down your baseboards and trim it with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris. Even if your baseboards looks spotless to the naked eye, it's still a good idea to quickly glide them through to make sure you don't get any large debris or unwanted dirt in your paint.


Whether you are new to painting or a seasoned expert, it will be up to you to decide how much painter's tape you should use. If this is your first time painting baseboards, it's a good idea to place an inch of painters tape around the edges of the baseboards on both sides of the floor and walls.


However, if you've been there and done that more times than you can count, you may prefer to hand-cut the top of the baseboards while saving the tape for use on the decorated floor side.

Natural Bristle Flat Paint Brush

Natural Bristle Flat Paint Brush


What is the best way to paint trim and baseboards?

Once the baseboards boards have been thoroughly cleaned and allowed to dry completely, it's time to repair any holes.


A simple painter's applicator paste will do the job nicely. For best results, use your fingers to push the putty into the holes and then wipe away any excess with a soft rag.


Now that all the preparation is done, it's time to start painting your trim and baseboards. Move in a long, smooth, horizontal pattern parallel to the floor. The type of paint you use will determine how many coats you need, although for baseboards one coat is usually enough unless you make a major colour change. Once you have all your surfaces painted, pull off your painters tape and clean up any lines that need it.


While baseboards won't get the full attention of a freshly painted room, they are a great way to dress up a space and make the whole area feel fresher and cleaner.


You can easily add trim and baseboards to your interior painting project with Qianmiao. Get a free quote for your project today!

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