Trim Painting

Trim Trim Trim

More than anything, it’s trim painting that can make or break a home!  On the good side, eye-catching, clean, beautiful trim work can make a home sparkle with elegance! On the other hand, drip-ridden, heavy brush stroke, sloppy trim can bring you back to that crappy college apartment you rented in 1985.   Now, as fun as those days were, Colorwheel knows you’re happy to have moved past them!

To get the most out of your trim painting, hire Colorwheel Painting.  Colorwheel Painters have the patience for a tedious job, they possess an ability to lay down product with smoothness and perfection, and they offer an eye for detail that all combined makes your trim exceed expectations!

The Common Pieces We Paint:

  • crown molding
  • door frames
  • doors
  • baseboard and shoe
  • window frames
  • windows
  • staircases

The Process:

  1. Surface Analysis & Remedy:  this includes identifying physical defects, it can include checking for lead paint, we look for gaps, runs, drips, sags, chips, flakes, dents, nails or unfilled nail holes, and anything else that can catch the eye. All of these must be appropriately addressed.
  2. Adjacent Surface Protection:  wood floors (especially those recently refinished) must be covered using the proper papers/tapes, carpets must be shielded, walls and/or ceilings masked or taped off if need be, hardware from doors or windows removed, the list goes on and on.  Painting around, over, or onto things is simply not acceptable.
  3. Primer selection: raw wood versus previously stained & finished wood, versus previously painted wood; all present their own challenges.  Colorwheel aims to select the best primer for the job in all circumstances.  Catch-all primers are akin to using a tarp as a roof for your home, yeah it’ll work for a while, but the right roofing shingle will last a lot longer.
  4. Paint selection:  sheen and chemical makeup, combined with #4 application technique, are paramount
  5. Application:  brush and roll versus spray are two big and different options; both can be done and which one is chosen is often a product of the environment we’re in.
  6. Clean Up and Final Alterations:  all the coverings must be undone, and thorough visual inspection (which always leads to a few little alterations) must be completed

Common Mistakes:

  • scraping and/or sanding lead paint exposes your family to health risks
  • failure to clean trim properly leads to adhesion issues
  • failure to caulk gaps leaves dark unsightly shadows in the finished product
  • unfilled nail holes create distractions to the eye and yield an amateur appearance
  • inadequate product selection underwhelms in appearance, dull, thin, streaky, etc
  • prime-and-paint in one products break down, don’t adhere, and don’t self level (smooth out) well
  • heavy brush strokes, drips, drags, sags, all due to improper technique and/or a poor quality brush
  • spraying in occupied homes without proper isolation and safety steps

Why They Happen?

  • lack of knowledge
  • lack of experience
  • shaving process to increase margins (especially on a low-price bid)

Trim Painting Projects

Painting Project 1 for Egg Design of Milwaukee, WI

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Beautiful Whitefish Bay Master Bathroom Painting for Carmel Builders

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Coffered Ceiling Painting in Mequon, WI for AB&K

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A Beautiful Kitchen Project for Carmel Builders

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