Painting wooden exterior trim is one of the easiest ways to give your home instant curb appeal. Whether your trim needs repairs, a refresh, you’re just ready for change or you are in the last stage of repainting the outside of your house, you can follow our tips to paint your wood trim.

Generally, trim is painted a different colour than your siding. When you are choosing a colour for your trim, you can choose a complimentary colour that is close in shade to the rest of your home’s exterior, or you might want to choose something that nicely contrasts.

When you buy your paint, it’s important to ensure you’re selecting an outdoor paint. After all, the outside of your home is exposed to all the elements and you want to ensure your new paint job can withstand mother nature.

There are many reasons people decide to paint the exterior of their home. Sometimes they are trying to create curb appeal before putting a home for sale. Sometimes it’s part of a repair job. Other times they are simply ready for a new look. If your exterior trim is dated, worn or in need of a refreshing, a new paint job and colour can do just the trick.

Materials You Will Need to Paint Wooden Exterior Trim

Before you start painting, you will want to gather up all the materials you will need and put together a painting station.

  • Ladder long enough to reach all your trim
  • Paint scraper
  • Wood filler rated for exterior use
  • Rags
  • Cleaning solution
  • Sandpaper
  • Caulking compound and gun
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Preparing to Paint Wooden Exterior Trim

You will want to clean the wooden trim with a rag and cleaning solution. It’s always good to start with a clean surface. Next you will use a paint scraper to scrape off any paint that is peeling or cracking. Fill the holes and crevices with exterior wood filler and then lightly sand once it has dried. You will then use your caulking gun and caulk to fill the seams between the trim and the siding.

How to Prime Wooden Exterior Trim

It’s important to apply primer to the wood. Not only does it seal the wood, it also provides a good surface for the paint to adhere to. Use your paintbrush to carefully prime the trim. You will want to apply an even layer. The primer needs to fully dry according to manufacturer’s directions.

How to Paint Wooden Exterior Trim

If you used a quality primer, you likely will just need one coat of paint to cover the trim. Once again, you will use your paint brush to apply an even coat of paint. An angled brush works great to reach the corners and edges.

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Painting exterior trim is not a difficult job, but it is one that takes effort. You will likely be spending a lot of time on a ladder so it’s important to take safety precautions and to be careful. It can be hard to paint from a ladder, while juggling a can of paint and a paint brush.

You might find you’d rather a professional take on the painting of your wooden exterior trim and siding. If you’d like more information on pricing or our quality workmanship, experience and service, give Home Painters Toronto a call. We’ve been painting exterior homes in Toronto for years and client satisfaction is always our goal.


If the work involved in Repairing a Wooden Exterior Trim sounds like it involves too much time and energy to do yourself, call 416.494.9095 or email brian@HomePaintersToronto.com for a FREE quote or visit our website https://www.homepainterstoronto.com/

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