How To Wood Fill, Sand, Caulk, and Paint Trim – My Process and Preferred Products [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

I spent some time working on the studio yesterday and trying to get the window trim finished. I installed the casings quite a while back, but they still needed wood filling, sanding, caulking and painting. And since this is a process that so many of you have asked me about, I decided to do a video of the products and the process that I use.

But first, if you missed the tutorial on how I create my very simple window and door casings (no miter cuts!) that look fancy and custom, you can find that here:

Even though this style of trim looks fancier than the standard door and window casings with the mitered corners, this is actually a much better style for someone with very little experience using a miter saw. Since all of the cuts require a simple 90-degree cut, and there are no mitered corners to deal with, it’s deceptively simple.

Anyway, my trim has been installed for a while now, but I finally got around to actually finishing one window (and almost finishing the other two) yesterday. So if you’d like to see the process in video form, you can see that here…

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If you don’t have time to watch the whole video (after all, I did ramble on for 20 minutes! 😀 ), here are the highlights:

2:02 – It becomes clear that I’m as angelic as they come, because I not only have a halo over my head, but I also have them in my eyes. And also, I share the wood filler that I use…

Products - DAP Plastic Wood
Side note: I apologize about all the distracting reflections in my glasses in this video! I’ll learn how to do this video stuff better eventually.

2:14 – I share that there are THREE types of this DAP wood filler, but then only proceed to explain two. You have to join my Patreon at the low rate of $5 per month to get the rest of that riveting content. (Just joking! 😀 The third is a solvent-based wood filler that I use for outdoor projects, like filling the screw holes in my front porch boards. It stinks to high heaven, and might make you a little high (bonus!), but it works great outdoors!)

3:11 – I share my caulk of choice, and make sure that I pronounce the “L” clearly, because otherwise, it’s just awkward.

Products - DAP Alex Fast Dry latex caulk

5:27 – I share where to use wood filler, and where to use caulk.

6:30 – You get to see me actually apply wood filler to a nail hole. Now THIS is the type of stuff that should be behind a paywall. It doesn’t get much more exciting than this.

8:02 – If you only watch my videos for the awesome music, this is where to start.

9:04 – I show you how to use a piece of sandpaper, just in case that was a mystery to you. After all, those packages don’t come with instructions. You’re welcome.

10:14 – Finally, the good stuff — how to caulk.

10:25 – I tell you what this mysterious hole is on a caulk gun (the one labeled “spout cutter” that I didn’t realize was there for my first 15-ish years of DIYing)…

Products - caulk gun

11:19 – I share the secret ingredient for perfect caulking. I won’t keep you in suspense. That would be cruel and heartless. It’s dishwashing liquid.

14:50 – That awkward moment when I got caught on camera digging around inside my shirt. It’s PG-rated. I promise.

15:14 – I finally get to the painting.

15:30 – I try to sell you on the merits of using an oil-based primer, even though I was too lazy to dirty up a brush myself and actually use it on the cut edge of the window sill. But do as I say and not as I do!

16:49 – I do my best to rid the world of semi-gloss and glossy paint finishes.

17:40 – I lecture you like a schoolmarm about the proper use of Floetrol. Evidently this topic brings out my serious side.

19:06 – I explain how singing softly and gently stroking your paint brush will make it work better and leave fewer brush strokes in the finish…

Okay, obviously that’s not exactly right, but wouldn’t it be more fun if that were true?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video, and it answers some of your burning questions. If I left anything out, just let me know, and I’ll do my best to answer!

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