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Painting Jambs, Casings and Trim

Project Overview

Painting Jambs, Casings and Trim

Painting the trim around exterior doors requires special care so you don't get paint on the door itself or on nearby trim. Remember, this is the entrance to your house–you'll want it to look especially nice. As with all exterior trim, select a top quality exterior trim paint. Trim paint is specially formulated to resist weather extremes.

3 Steps

  1. Wedge Door Open
  2. Paint the Jamb and the Stop First
  3. Paint Casings While Jambs Are Still Wet
Wedge Door Open

Step 1

Wedge Door Open

When painting the trim around exterior doors, you'll need access to the stops and the jambs, so wedge the door open as you work. If you have a storm door or a screen door, remove it so it won't get in the way.

Paint the Jamb and the Stop First

Step 2

Paint the Jamb and the Stop First

First, paint the jamb and the stop, starting at the top on the inside corner and working your way down the sides. Then paint the other side. Finally, paint across the top.

Paint Casings While Jambs Are Still Wet

Step 3

Paint Casings While Jambs Are Still Wet

Paint the casings while the jambs are still wet. Mask the siding along the outside edges or, if you've got a steady hand, cut in with a trim brush. Paint the threshold after the jambs and the casings have dried.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

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