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Wood Painting: 5 Tips to Paint Wooden Surfaces like a Pro

Most of us entrust this job to a carpenter. Either we’re lazy, or we’re a little sceptical about our skills when it comes to painting on wood. If you shy away from this task due to the former reason, not much can be done, but if the reason is the latter one, well, this article will surely change your mind. Painting on wood is as simple as painting on a concrete surface. By taking a few precautions and following the right method, you’ll be able to give your wooden furniture pieces a well-painted, elegant makeover.

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Here’s how to do it:

Scrap off previous layers of paint:

When it comes to painting wooden surfaces, never paint over surfaces that already have paint. Always scrape off this layer using a putty knife or a paint scraper. If you don’t, the new layer will have a patchy, uneven finish. Still worse, the old coat can cause the new paint to bubble. So, remember to scrape off every inch of old paint before applying the fresh coat.

Sand the surface for smoothness:

Merely scraping off paint is not enough. After this is done, sand down the surface using sand paper. A medium grain variety of sand paper is perfect for this purpose. Sanding the surface gives it a slight texture and this texture helps the paint adhere better to the surface. So, take your time when carrying out this step and see to it that you cover every inch of surface area.

Fill and fix imperfections:

Dents, cracks and holes create a very unflattering surface area for painting. If you paint on such an uneven surface, you’ll end up with a visually unappealing end result. Hence, it is important to fill up these blemishes before applying paint. Pinter’s putty is ideal for filling up cracks and holes. For finer scratches and scrapes, opt for spackling compound. Pay attention to the smallest of abrasions as they can appear pronounced after paint has been applied.

Caulk gaps for perfection:

Long gaps and cracks cannot be filled with putty. For these lengthy flaws, you need a special material called acrylic latex caulk. This product is used for filling gaps found at areas where two surfaces join each other or where a wooden surface joins a wall. To apply this product, use a caulking gun or a caulking tube. Also, opt for caulk in a brilliant white colour as it will not morph the shade of paint applied over it.

After you’ve finished filling imperfections, sand down the entire area again so that the filled areas too have an even texture and finish.

Use the right type of paint and painting tools:

When painting on wooden surfaces, it’s important to choose the right paint. Latex paint is one of the most popular paint types for this purpose. However, since this paint tends to dry very quickly, it makes sense to mix a bit of latex paint conditioner into the paint. This will slow down the drying speed of the paint, giving you more time to smooth out brush marks or other flaws. Also, while choosing a brush, opt for a good quality paint brush so that the bristles don’t leave behind brush marks.

British Paints offers premium quality wood paints that are long lasting and also protect your wooden surfaces from damages and other exterior elements. Check out these wood finishes here: British Paints

Well, these are some important pointers that you need to keep in mind when painting wooden surfaces. With a bit of practice and persistence, you’ll be able to paint like a pro!


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This entry was posted on September 5, 2014 by in Uncategorized.
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