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Any suggestions for painting exterior wood trim of old house in Ohio?

Asked by pallen123 (1514points) June 13th, 2009

I decided to forgo hiring someone to paint the trim of our 1936 colonial in Ohio and I started scraping the trim myself last weekend. Anything that flaked off with a scraper is gone now and I was planning to do the following next:

1. wash with mild bleach solution
2. fix large holes with wood putty and refill missing window glazing
3. sand trim
4. rewash trim
3. fill seams with exterior window caulk
4. paint bare wood spots with white primer
5. paint trim with one coat of high quality white oil paint

Am I missing any steps or should I be doing anything differently?

I realize that even with light sanding, there will be some unevenness in the final coat due to the paint that remained after scraping. Any suggestions on how to deal with this—besides removing all the previous paint entirely?

Last, any suggestions for painting window trim? Should I mask the glass with tape or just develop a steady hand?

Thank you experienced painters!

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chyna's avatar

I have nothing to add as suggestions for you, just wanted to congratulate you on taking on such a huge task.

susanc's avatar

With regard to windows: that blue tape is wonderful, but a pain to wedge into the corners.
Maybe: don’t worry too much about getting the corners perfect, and clean any slips off the glass with a nice retractable razor knife.
Though that “steady hand” will obviate slips…

augustlan's avatar

Regarding windows and tape: I have recently seen painters tape ‘corners’ available in hardware stores. Seems like a great idea, and long overdue.

Kayak8's avatar

I live in Ohio too and have some painting that needs to be done . . . let me know when you are finished . . ..

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Make sure that when you paint, put on two coats of paint over the primer because of the weather conditions in the winter. Use a good brand of paint, like Benjamin Moore.

peggylou's avatar

Ye gods! Are you talking about inside or outside trim? If its outside, your plan is unbelievably thorough. We had a 1898 Victorian house, and the steps we took weren’t nearly as detailed as your plans. (We won an award for best restored Victorian house, too.) Your first 2 items are good. As far as sanding the trim to make it even, unless your house will be under VERY severe scrutiny, there’s no need for sanding. It’s outside trim!! You just prime and paint over the leftover old paint!!! Prime bare spots with the same color paint as the finish coat. But before painting, I would go to your local paint store to decide whether to use oil base or latex paint. They will be better able to determine whether you should prime and paint with oil base or latex. My paint store very recently told me that oil base paints will very soon no longer be made because of its “unfriendly” and possibly dangerous qualities, and that new latex paints have been developed to do a better job than oil base. Check it out because latex is so much easier to use. Another thing: I would NEVER think about masking outside windows. A reasonably steady hand is more than enough!! If it’s inside trim, that’s different.

Good luck to you! Outside house painting is a huge undertaking, so don’t cut corners, but PLEASE don’t do more than is necessary!!

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@peggylou makes some good points, except be aware that you cannot put latex over oil paint unless you use a primer specifically formulated for that, or you’ll be repainting before you know it. Good prepping pays off in not having to repaint quite as often. My neighbor’s gotten 25 years out of his last paint job because he prepped well.

Do whatever it takes to get a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.

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