How to Prepare Wood Trim for a Smooth Paint Job

Here's how to wash, sand, scrap and fill woodwork for a smooth finish.

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Caulk gun
  • Bucket
  • Drywall sander
  • Dust mask
  • Paint scraper
  • Putty knife
  • Shop vacuum
  • Paintbrush

You'll also need a trouble light.

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Sandpaper (course, medium and fine grit)
  • Sanding sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sanding block
  • Spackling compound
  • Detergent
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Liquid sandpaper
  • Two-part wood filler
  • Duct tape
  • Acrylic latex caulk