The best paint for trim decorates and protects your house’s trim, and at the same time it’s eco-friendly. Among the best paints for trim are BEHR Premium Plus Ultra, Benjamin Moore Regal Select, and Valspar Signature trim paints.
Are you wondering what kind of paint to use on trim? Or what kind of paint for trim is the best for home use? We recommend Acrylic latex, Acrylic-Alkyd Hybrid, or semi-gloss paint. Those are the best paints for trim.
In this guide on what type of paint is best for trim, we are going to review several best paints for trim.
What Type of Paint Do You Use on Trim?
When it comes to painting Trim, you need the type of paint that will offer a bit of sheen and is easy to wipe clean. In that regard, a semi-gloss paint will do the trick. It is easy to clean, and it still adds some sheen to your trim.
What Kind of Paint for Window Trim?
Paint with a glossy finish is the kind of paint you want for your window trim. Such paint is easy to wipe clean, and makes your trim stand out, giving it a unique decorative appearance.
Paints with a glossy finish repel grime and dirt, are durable, and they stand out better than flat paints before and after exposure to weather elements. Moreover, you should also choose a paint that complements the interior or exterior wall paint.
Among the best paints for window trim that we recommend is the Benjamin Moore Regal Select, or INSL-X CC550109A-01 Trim Paint. However, the kind of paint you are going to use is also determined by material your trim is made of.
In that regard, we have looked at various kinds of paints for different window trim materials. The most common window trim materials you may want to paint are primed wood, bare wood, medium-density fiberboard, PVC trim, iron, and polystyrene.
Primed Wood Trim
With primed wood, you want to choose a paint that matches the primer that was used to treat the wood. That will allow the paint and the primer to bond, and fuse into each other.
For an exterior prime wood window trim, acrylic or oil gloss paint is the best option. We recommend latex paint for indoor prime wood trim, such as the Rust-Oleum 285140. You can also use enamel paint, which is easy to clean, and makes the trim stand out from the wall paint.
Bare Wood Trim
When painting window trim made of bare wood, what you need is a paint with strong adhesive properties, and one that will repel water, dirt, and grime. You also need paint that you can clean without it chipping off the wood, so that it can protect the trim from weather elements.
In that regard, enamel paint, and acrylic paints are among the best options. Enamel paint in particular provides unfinished wood or bare wood with a heard smooth finish, and it is available in multiple colors.
Overall, for exterior wood trim choose exterior gloss paint, which can be either acrylic paint or oil paint. The trim paint’s color should complement the exterior wall paint’s color. For interior wood trim, choose high latex gloss paint, with a color that complements the interior wall paint.
For instance, you can paint the window trim white, if the exterior wall paint color is sky-blue. Alternatively, if the interior wall paint is white, you can paint the interior trim light yellow, lime, or sky-blue.
You need to prime a fiberboard trim before you can paint it, because it is porous. That means applying a primer coat, and giving it up to 24 hours to dry. The primer will get absorbed into the miniature holes, and seal them.
After the primer dries, apply a semi-gloss paint such as latex, enamel, or acrylic paint on the fiberboard, just as you would other wooden surfaces. The paint color you choose for your trim should complete the wall paint, for a classy finish.
While most enamel paints are oil-based, they dry to form a hard, smooth, and glossy finish.
If you choose to use an oil-based paint, then you should be ready to add paint thinner, to get the right thickness. The oil paint should be thick enough to remain cohesive and cover the wood, and thin enough to dry without cracking.
The best paint for PVC Trim is one that is 100% acrylic latex. You may also use one that is 100% acrylic and has urethane as an additive. That type of paint sticks better on PVC trim, and provides excellent flexibility and durability.
It is also easier to clean, and does not peel off when exposed to varying temperatures throughout the year. However, you should only use light-to-medium colored paints. These have light reflective value of 55 units and above, which helps to keep them cooler.
Darker paints may absorb heat energy and start peeling or cracking. You need to give the paint on PVC trim up to 30 days to cure, in order for all moisture to escape through the paint’s surface.
The Sherwin Williams paints for PVC Trim are among the industry best, and you should consider them.