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helpless handyman 05-12-2007 07:56 PM

Painting exterior door trim
I am looking to paint exterior door trim. Whats the best type of paint, I would like to stick with BM paints. Please advise , Thanks to all.

joewho 05-12-2007 08:25 PM

Something along the line of superpaint or duration for SW products.
BM has good products for this too.

Exterior door trim aka brick mold is an area that needs special attention at least once during it's lifespan.

After sanding and cleaning, it should be thoroughly inspected for clear silcone caulk and other contaminants that will prevent good paint from doing it's job.

Often times, it's necessary to cut away caulks or puttys in order to get good primer/paint adhesion.

Hope this helps.

helpless handyman 05-12-2007 09:05 PM

Thanks, but am I looking for oil paint, or water base? Also BM, which one? Thanks again!

slickshift 05-13-2007 01:23 AM

Moore Glow or Soft Gloss

Go with whatever type is on there now (oil/latex)
They'll show you the right one in the Ben Moore dealer

Probably latex unless it's pretty old paint
You can test it with some Oops! or Goof Off!
If you can wipe it off on a rag with that stuff, it's latex

chuckfarley 05-22-2007 11:04 AM

I'm also painting some window and door trim. I'm using SW superpaint and can't recommend it highly enough. It is fabulous!! My question is after I strip the old paint off of the window frames and door trim, is it necessary or even advisable to wipe some sort of protectant or presevative on the bare wood before repainting? I think I've heard of people using linseed oil but it seems like that would interfere with adhesion. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Cheers!!:drink:

slickshift 05-22-2007 03:05 PM

Trim scraped to bare wood needs to be primed before repainting

DIYHelper 05-22-2007 05:03 PM

I also believe SW Superpaint is an interior paint, so it wouldn't be a good option for outside.

slickshift 05-22-2007 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by DIYHelper (Post 45898)
I also believe SW Superpaint is an interior paint, so it wouldn't be a good option for outside.

They've got an outdoor one too

Both Int/Ext SuperPaints are too drippy for my tastes

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