Our millwork painting process follows the paint manufacturer’s application instructions and produces a “factory finished” look and feel.
Millwork = interior trim. The term millwork refers to anything that was once created in a mill (doors, baseboards, window trim, crown molding, etc)
When we talk about painting millwork, we are referring to your wood or MDF doors, door casings, trim, wood windows, window trim pieces, baseboards, crown molding, and wainscoting.
Step 1. Masking & coverup
We protect any areas that are not being painted. We offer you a written guarantee that our team will not slop paint on any surfaces not being painted.
- Furniture: moved around as needed and covered using painter’s plastic
- Baseboards: masked with blue tape and masking paper to prevent roller splatter and overspray
- Flooring: protected using drop cloth or masking paper
- Countertops: masked and protected using drop cloth or paper masking
- Kitchen cabinets: Covered entirely with painter’s plastic to prevent splatters or overspray.
Step 2. Filling holes, cracks, and other imperfections
Step 3. Sanding to de-gloss
We begin by sanding all surfaces with fine sandpaper to de-gloss or remove the sheen from the previous finish. Our de-glossing process considerably increases adhesion.
Step 4. Removing the dust.
A shop vac with a brush attachment is used to remove all sanding dust, then all millwork is wiped down with a lint-free cloth soaked in a de-glossing agent.
Step 5. Prime + sand again
We apply one coat of fast-drying oil primer to any varnished or never-before-painted millwork. Everything is sanded one more time after the primer is dry.
Step 6. Caulk, spackle, & inspect
After primer, we perform a final inspection and address all imperfections.
Step 7. Apply 2 coats – Inspect, sand, & caulk in between coats
We use only the best millwork paint from both Benjamin Moore® and Sherwin Williams®.
Benjamin Moore® Advance Semigloss (Water Reducible Alkyd – VOC level 48.0)
Sherwin Williams ProClassicHybrid Semigloss (Acrylic-Alkyd Hybrid )
We achieve the smoothest- most durable finish using Airless and HVLP sprayers.
You may also be interested in our Interior precision guarantee
Step 8. Clean up
We take our time with clean-up; making sure we leave your home cleaner that we found it!