Giving wooden furniture and home fittings a bit of TLC can be a great way to spruce up your home or freshen up your décor, as well as helping surfaces to be water resistant and weatherproof in the right circumstances. This is a quick step-by-step guide to the best way to prepare wooden surfaces for a lick of paint.
- Prepare the Surface
Doing a good job of the preparation is the guarantee your paintwork will look top notch and last for years, so don’t rush it. If the surface in question is already painted, you’ll need to remove this before proceeding.
- First of all make sure the surface is smooth, free of existing paint, stains, dust, dirt or varnish. Then, fill imperfections with wood filler or caulk and allow to set completely.
- Then for the sanding – wear a dust mask for this part to avoid inhalation. The best way is to hand-sand the wood with sandpaper or a sanding block. You can get sandpaper in different grades from fine to course as appropriate, and make your block by wrapping paper evenly around a flat box. Make sure you sand evenly to create a flat surface.
- If the wood you’re treating is new to 6 months old and has knots, use a knotting solution to stop wood resin bleeding through the paintwork. Avoid using varnish with the solution as this will make knots show up in the finished job.
- Clean up
Use either a damp cloth, sugar soap or and industrial wipe to remove any traces of dirt or dust after the sanding process. Be sure not to soak the wood, and allow it to dry before moving on to the next stage.
It’s important to buy good quality paint like the paint from Mighton for the undercoat, as this is the layer that will actually sit directly on the wood, and protect it. Working along the grain and not against it, apply the paint evenly in long strokes with a decent brush. Avoid taking the brush off the wood mid-stroke to stop visible brush streaks.
When the undercoat is completely dry, finish the job with good quality topcoat. Depending on what kind of finish you’re after, you can go for gloss, matte or eggshell. Don’t rush this part, and pay attention to detail. Again, work with the grain and make long continuous strokes.
As always, follow manufacturer instructions and don’t proceed without research and make sure you have enough time to do the job justice.
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