Trim Repair: How to Fix and Revive Trim

Renew dull trim in one weekend.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Paint scraper
  • Safety glasses

Rubber gloves

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • TSP-PF (phosphate free)
  • Synthetic abrasive pads, fine
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Stain to match
  • Wood putty to match
  • Wipe-on polyurethane for varnished wood
  • Rags
  • Mineral spirits
  • Oxalic acid
  • Sandpaper, 120 and 180 grit
  • Wood filler
  • Felt-tip markers
  • Spar varnish for sills