Baseboard or wood trim such as chair rails or other types of molding will enhance the look along with adding functionality too your home.

Trim tends to go around doors ceilings and windows and is used to hide where the window/door meets the drywall.

Trim, like crown molding or the molding that surrounds a fireplace, defines an area and shows off a homes features as if they where a piece of furniture.

Below you will find information regarding both spraying and brushing or rolling of your baseboard or wood trim.

Painted trim can have holes, gaps and cracks in and around them, use this caulking and filling link to learn about caulking and filling. Remember to come on back here so you can get those baseboard or wood trim painted/coated.


By using tape, plastic, masking paper, drop cloths and coverings, you will be able to protect all the items in a room that you do not want coated in paint. Protecting your valuables especially when using a paint sprayer is of course a very important part of your project.

Also, when spraying, all door openings and other places where dust or the mist from a coating can escape need to be closed off with plastic if necessary.

Another thing to keep in mind when coating your woodwork is that move-able items in the room your painting should be relocated to a different part of the house if possible.

Also, if your trim is raw wood or being repainted the surface needs to be primed using a product recommended for the type of coating that is on the trim already. Ask your paint or coating supplier for assistance.


If your coating baseboard or wood trim that has yet to be nailed up it's a good idea to brush and roll the trim first. Once the floors of the room have been covered with drop cloths use six saw horses set up with 2X4's across them. Now lay your trim or molding on top of the 2X4's.

How your saw horses, 2x4's and molding or trim are set up depends entirely on the room your in. So you will need to figure out setup for yourself. Using a driveway or garage will also work for setup.

While setting up, be sure that you can walk all the way around your trim and your brush/roller easily reaching the moldings that your trying to coat.

I use a small 4" speed (quick) roller if possible. Other wise a 2 1/2" inch sash brush will work fine. Brush or roll the trim's edges first, then do the top molded side(front). When painting the top try and brush or roll one section of trim at a time.

While doing so remove any runs or drips that you may see. After the first coat is dry, lightly sand the trim, then coat it again. Nail up your baseboard or wood trim after it dries.

Make sure that all nail holes and cracks or gaps are filled and sanded flush. Use the above caulking and filling link for assistance if needed. In most cases, when painting trim that's hung use a brush as opposed to a roller.

If your not real handy with a brush then apply some medium tack painters tape around the surfaces that you don't want to get paint on (glass, walls, doors for example). Brush the top sections of your wood trim first then do the bottom save the middle for last. Work your way from corner to corner. Keep your brush marks in one direction and remove any runs or sags that occur.

After the first coating is dry sand it and do another if needed. Keep brushing on coats, while filling holes or cracks and sanding your baseboard or wood trim, until it looks as good as you want it to.


When spraying, be sure that you have experience with the spray system your using. Also, follow all of your local government regulations and safety rules regarding your sprayer and the products that you are applying.

Once you have set up the room with drops on the floors and plastic on the walls lay out your saw horses and 2x4's. Place your baseboard or wood trim on top of the 2x4's and begin spraying. Pay special attention to the edges of your molding as these areas usually get the least amount of paint.

After the edges are done, spray the tops. Be sure to spray in a consistent manner from one end of a section of moulding/trim to the other. While spraying don’t forget to keep your spray fan the same distance away from the surface that your spraying at all times.

Let your first coat dry, do a light sanding and then spray on another coat. Let your paint dry then nail it to the walls. Once it's nailed up fill the holes, let your filler dry, sand it flush, and spot prime your filler. Finally, do the last coat following the brushing instructions mentioned for baseboard or wood trim that's hung.

Trim can be sprayed on the walls but the floors need protecting. If there is no flooring check with the Floor Layer prior to spraying your hung baseboard or wood trim.

Fill all holes and gaps. Use the caulking and filling link above if needed to get the job done. With baseboard or wood trim that's hung, you may need to mask off walls and glass using plastic, masking paper and medium tack tape.

The object of spraying hung trim is to cover and protect everything (including the walls and floors) in a room.

Spray the tops of your trim first (e.g. upper door frame) then do the sides or fronts. Let the paint dry, sand it then spray it again. Keep caulking, filling, sanding and spraying coats of paint until the trim looks as good as you would like it to.

While doing so keep an eye out for runs and sags. If you end up with a run or sag let the coating dry then sand electric sanderor cut it out. After sanding use filler if needed then sand again and spray the entire surface one or two more times as needed. If the flors are to be replaced, hung baseboards should have an ok from the floor layer prior to spraying.


You can interchange the word "paint" with clear coat in the text above if that's the type of brushing or spraying your doing.

When clear coating caulking is not needed but you will require filler (for the nail holes). Filler should match the stain color that you applied to your baseboard or wood trim (if staining).

When not staining use filler that matches the wood work itself. Before filling the holes apply at least one application of clear coat first Otherwise the filler can dis-color the wood.

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