How do I prepare outdoor window trim for painting?

Location is in the midwest and it is cold (55F max.) The wood is currently painted. If I use any caulk, should the caulk go down first, last, or other...

Asked By: grips - 10/20/2006
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1st READ any paint can,,,,,, exterior paint requires a good primer over all bare wood,, it is the adehesive of sorts for a first rate job scrape, sand ,caulk and prime with zinnser 123 found any where it bonds to any surface guaranteed without the normal prep of semi or gloss surfaces ,,then top coat with your paint of... More
Answered By: txtxtx111 - 10/20/2006
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Just sand and caulk it first. Most outdoor paints don't need primer put down first. Get a paint that has an anti-mildew agent in it, or add it to each gallon you paint with. If it's painted already, still sand it to rough it up some. Then caulk to fill the edges and gaps if necessary.
Answered By: Robert - 10/20/2006
Everything TX wrote is true and you will also want to purchase a sash brush. About a 2" or 2 1/2" will be fine. It is the slanted brush. Good a good quality one. They have one for latex and one for oil paint once you've decided which you are using, you can make a choice. Just remember, the oil takes a lot more clean up... More
Answered By: braveheart - 10/20/2006
First of all, if the wood hasnt been previously painted, then you need to prime it with either an oil or latex primer, I prefer latex, it can be used outside. Then you paint over it with an exterior paint, you can have it tinted to any colour, you can paint oil over latex but you cannot paint latex over oil. If your... More
Answered By: Amy B - 10/20/2006

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