Metal Exterior Trim Painting – When it’s time to add the finishing touch to your house exterior in Toronto, and you decide to paint the exterior metal trim around doorways or around windows – you’ll want to read through these useful tips for painting metal exterior trim to guarantee an impeccable job well done!
Tips For Painting Metal Exterior Trim
Materials That You Will Need to Paint your Outside Window Trim:
- Quality Painters Tape
- Pressure Washer
- Bucket of Soap and Water
- Wood Wedge
- Pry Bar
- Wood Putty
- Drop Cloth/Tarp/Cardboard
- Galvanized Metal Etching Primer
- Acrylic Latex Paint
- Pot or Bucket/Can (can hold about 2 Gallons)
Step 1: Prepare the Metal Exterior Trim First
I stress this first step in all the other Toronto House Painting Do-It-Yourself blogs too because, you always need to be prepared and a clear thought process before you begin any exterior house painting project. This allows you to be fully ready to begin and just as important – to complete whatever task you wish to conquer!
- Start by cleaning the windows trim and/or removing the metal trim by using a pressure washer or a good old fashioned scrub down using a rag and some soap and water.
- Apply painters tape around the adjoining areas that you do not wish to get paint on.
Step 2: Remove Exterior Metal Trim
- If you need to remove the exterior metal trim you can do so by using a wood wedge and place it so that it rests against the wall behind the trim so you can have leverage when you use the pry bar. Use a thin pry bar and pry the window or door trim away from the surface it is attached too. You’ll pry through the old nails and this will make the new holes in the trim larger so keep that in mind when reattaching it. Carefully lift and shift it so that the pry bar is flat and not going to damage the metal trim.
- Use pliers where necessary and make sure you clean and fix any left over surface imperfections where the metal windows trim once was with a wood putty and/or caulking.
Step 3: Prime/Paint the Metal Windows Trim
How to Paint Exterior Trim?
- Once you have removed the exterior door or windows metal trim carefully, lay the metal exterior trim out on a tarp or cardboard so that you can paint on top of it and not worry about making a mess.
- Use the galvanized etching metal primer and apply a coat of it to the exterior metal trim or exterior metal railings . Allow to dry and apply a second coat of paint to the trim to rid of visible brush marks. Allow this to dry as well.
- Here is where it get’s a little unusual, if you try mixing the acrylic latex paint in a can with water using a wooden dip stick you’ll get a much better after result on your exterior metal trim painting! Allow to dry.
- Reattach the windows metal trim using a hammer and larger nails than previously used (because this will assure a tighter seal) and then VOILA! You have a perfectly polished and a lasting outdoor paint job on your exterior metal trim.
Hints by Professional Toronto Contractor:
- You always need to use an etching primer when painting exterior metal trim or else the paint over top the trim will be pointless as it will chip away – quickly.
- The measurement/volume to use when mixing the diluted paint solution is about 1 gallon of the acrylic paint and 1 oz water.
By now you should be a pro at painting exterior metal trim and you can volunteer to help your neighbours! Maybe not? Okay, well if this won’t work for you or neither will these tips for metal exterior trim painting because you just simply can’t find the time for it – try calling Home Painters Toronto and we’ll do it for you! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095…… For more handy tips, check out the blog Tips for Painting Your Exterior Wood Trim.