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Q: Can you provide some tips on how to paint window trim? Especially when it involves those small side-vent windows. I have tried liquid masking film and masking tape without much success.

- Loris Schmidt
via E-mail

Many times we think that to paint a small object we have to use the tip of a small brush; not so. In this case, the side of a flat brush will work better and produce a sharper line. Here's how:

Dip a flat brush into your favorite trim paint - probably aluminum or chrome for shiny trim, or matte black to simulate rubber. If you're using spray paint, spray some into the lid so you can dip the brush.

Lay the flat side of the brush along the edge of the window opening. Tilt the brush until the paint-covered bristles hit the edge of the strip to be painted. Drag the brush across the window opening. The edge of the opening will steady the brush - much more so than trying to balance the point of a small brush while you pull a straight, uniform line.

Repeat this process until the paint line reaches the end of the trim line, using as few strokes as possible. Move the brush along at a steady pace. After you gain a little confidence, you'll find the edge will be straighter and sharper with one quick stroke. Practice on a spare body until you get the hang of it.




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