painting trim-windows and baseboards

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Old 03-23-04, 12:20 PM
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Question painting trim-windows and baseboards

which is better for painting trim, oil base enamel or latex? Also which can you paint over latex over oil base or the opposite?

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Old 03-23-04, 05:03 PM
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I prefer ...

I'm not a professional painter, but I've worked on many houses over the years. After trying many different products, I've come to prefer oil paint for trim - it settles nicer, is more durable, make sure you buy the very best brush that you can afford (it really makes a difference). You can't put latex over oil, it won't adhere, but you can put oil over latex.
 
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Old 03-23-04, 06:10 PM
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I like oil base for trim as well.
 
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Old 03-23-04, 07:26 PM
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Yep oil is tops, but the latex products are catching up quickly.

Use a high-quality china bristle brush for oil.
 
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Old 03-24-04, 10:19 AM
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But if you use oil don't you have to cut in very carefully if you paint the trim before the wall? I usually overlap a little onto the wall and I'm told latex wall paints will not adhere to oil.

I suppose the solution to this is to paint the trim afterwards but I find this very difficult sometimes especially with casing.

Using these new latex products that have oil like characteristics are the way to go IMO.
 
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Old 03-24-04, 10:59 AM
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Paint the trim last

Give the freshly painted wall some drying time, probably a day is best, then I use a 'sensitive' type of painter's tape on the wall, and paint the trim last. Remove the tape very carefully right after the trim is painted. If you have to do a second coat of the trim paint, reapply and remove the tape in the same way.
 
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Old 03-24-04, 01:41 PM
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The tape even works on a orange peel texture?


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Old 03-24-04, 04:10 PM
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I paint oil trim first, then the walls. A tiny (1/8") overlap of latex over oil won't hurt. But if you tape it off, the tape could pull that overlap of latex off the oil.
 
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Old 03-26-04, 03:12 PM
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It used to be a hard and fast rule not to EVER paint latex over oil....BUUUUUUTTTTTT, the paint companies have now come out with a latex paint that can be painted over oil. This paint does, however take 12-15 hours to totally cure out, even though it is dry to the touch in about 15 minutes. Isn't technology wonderful??

BEWARE: I wouldn't try that with just any old latex...make sure you have the "special" type.

Are we allowed to mention paint store names here?
 
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Old 03-26-04, 05:08 PM
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Are we allowed to mention paint store names here?
Yep.
 
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