Painting wood door trim. Quick Fix-up:

Painting Wooden Door Jambs
and Trim

In This Article:

Entry door trim is sanded, caulked and given a coat of oil-based primer before being painted with latex exterior paint.

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Skill Level: 2 (Basic) Time Taken: A Couple Of Hours

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The door at the beginning. There were a lot of small spots where the paint had flaked off.


I used an orbital sander and coarse (60 grit) sandpaper to remove any paint that would come off easily. Sanding trim around entry door.


A lot of paint came off.

Notice the discolored wood below the lower door hinge. This was sanded after the door was removed.


I applied a coat of oil-based primer. I used a wide putty knife as a paint shield, to prevent paint from getting on the vinyl siding.


After the door was removed I used a cordless drill/driver to remove the hinges.


I applied masking tape to areas adjacent to the door trim.


The weatherstrip on this Pease brand door can be removed by simply pulling it out.  Most newer entry doors have removable weatherstrip. Removing weather strip from front door.


I caulked the outside trim (this type of trim is known as a "brick mold") where it met the door jamb. I make extensive use of DAP's Alex Plus, a siliconized acrylic latex caulk.

I scraped away the excess caulk with a putty knife.


The actual painting only took a few minutes. I did not wait for the caulk to dry. If the strip of caulk is narrow, less than 1/8" wide, I find that it is not affected by painting. It will dry within a day, even when covered with a coating of paint.



The finished result. It's hard to tell from these photos, but there is a big difference in the before and after appearance of the door and trim.




Tools Used:

  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Orbital Sander
  • Paint Brush
  • Caulk Gun

Materials Used:

  • Exterior Latex Paint, Satin
  • Oil-Based Exterior Primer
  • Masking Tape
  • Caulk

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