How to get the best paint finish on woodwork and wood
by Steve Macrie email@example.com
It is important to first consider what kind of wood you are working with interior or exterior. Much is similar between interior and exterior but the most important thing it impacts is what type of paint you choose - interior or exterior woodwork paint. We will first look at painting interior wood.
Step 1 - is to insure a clean surface to work from. Clean off any residue or remains of other stains and previous paint jobs. Sanding is a good option when trying to achieve that clean surface.
Step 2 - is making sure your base and stain are compatible. Do not mix and match – it is best to use both products from the same manufacturer.
Step 3 - protect nearby surfaces from spills, splatters and drips. Tarpaulins, drip cloths and handy rags are a must.
Step 4 - make sure the surface is smooth. Fill in or smooth any blemishes on the surface for the smooth finish, as paint will only emphasize those trouble spots. Next prime all repaired or bared spots for a smoother look.
Step 5 - tape off edges to achieve the straightest lines and clean edges. Keep a wet edge on your brush to alleviate brush marks and keep a cleaner crisper edge. Clean and maintain your brushes for best results.
Step 6 - And lastly choose the best finish to match your interior designs and furniture be it matt, satin or gloss.
When painting exterior wood, the process is much the same.
Step 1 - is a clean surface, power washers, putty knives and scrapers are the best way to achieve that. Chemical cleaners are an option but less safe and more expensive.
Step 2 - Priming is the second step. If most of a coat of is intact then you need do touch-up priming. Counter sink nails or screws and prime over for a smoother finish and to cut down on rust damage in the future. Select primer and base that are compatible.
Be sure it is an exterior paint, pay attention to what kind of finish it is matt, satin or gloss and choose a colour that compliments the style of the building and the neighbourhood in which your property resides.
Read and follow instructions closely. Allow proper time between layers or primer and paint. Time to dry is crucial for proper adhesion of the primer and paint for the longest lasting and most pristine finishes.
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