What finish of paint is best for baseboards?

Semi-gloss finish

Semi-gloss finish: This is the best finish for your trims such as baseboards, mouldings and even cabinets and doors. It’s also a good choice for highly trafficked area that gets lots of wear and tear such as a mudroom.

Can you paint baseboards with flat paint?

Flat, or matte paint can help disguise brush strokes, but it can be easily damaged when cleaning. Use a less abrasive sponge or washcloth and gently clean to avoid damaging the look of your baseboards.

Is trim paint gloss or flat?

Best paint finish for trim and baseboards is gloss or semi-gloss paint sheens. All trim, woodwork, baseboards which are painted, needs to be in gloss, or semi-gloss paint finish, and not satin. Semi-gloss offers more scrubbing, wiping, and deep cleanings than satin paint finishes.

Is trim supposed to be glossy or matte?

Glossy paint on walls and ceilings highlights flaws and produces uncomfortable reflected light. Yet trim is one area where you might want to compromise and instead go with semi-gloss trim paint. At the least, use satin gloss on trim.

What sheen is best for interior trim?


Semigloss: Provides a sleek, radiant sheen that’s great for cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas and high-moisture areas like bathrooms or crown molding/trim.

Is gloss or semi-gloss better for trim?

Semi-gloss finish is more durable and easier to clean. The higher the gloss, the easier the cleanup of unwanted messes like fingerprints and smudges. Therefore, semi-gloss finish is actually better to use on trims that get a lot of use and therefore require frequent wipe-downs – for e.g. window trims.

What kind of paint is used for baseboards?

You can choose from several different gloss levels for either latex or oil-based paints, but a slightly glossy finish is generally recommended for baseboards since it is more resistant to scuffing and is more washable than a flat finish paint. A semi-gloss or high-gloss paint is usually the best choice for baseboards.

What kind of paint do you use on trim?

Semi-gloss paint

Semi-gloss paint is always best for trim, doors and cabinetry because it’s so easy to wipe clean. You can also choose gloss paint because it’s also so easy to clean, but it’s significantly shinier.

Should you paint the trim or walls first?

Paint the Trim First, Then the Ceilings and Walls

Pros usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s easier (and faster) to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls. And you certainly don’t want to tape them both off!

What is the best white trim paint?

What is the best white paint for trim?

  • No. 1 – Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
  • No. 2 – Benjamin Moore White Dove.
  • No. 3 – Benjamin Moore Simply White.
  • No. 4 – Sherwin-Williams Pure White.
  • No. 5 – Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White.
  • No. 6 – Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White.

How do I get a smooth finish on my trim?

Sand Trim Between Coats for an Ultra-Smooth Finish

For a smooth finish, sand the trim before applying each coat of paint. Sand the trim with a fine-grit sanding sponge. Sponges get into crevices where sandpaper can’t go and apply even pressure.

How do you paint trim without tape?

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Quote from Youtube video: In the corner. Actually touch the molding with it and what this does is it creates so that you don't have a gap in the corner. And when I come back with my molding. Color I'll go right over the edge.

How do you paint baseboards without brush marks?

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Quote from Youtube video: Board is covered or whatever you're painting is covered good coverage with paint. And then you work that paint into the surface with back and forth strokes until the paint feels evenly.

What is the fastest way to paint baseboards?

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Quote from Youtube video: Run your finger over the cocking right away just to make sure you have a smooth seam to the wall. Put caulking over any nail holes. And then you can cover that with a little paint.