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How To Paint Woodwork

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How To Paint Woodwork

The first and most important aspect of painting wood surfaces is PATIENCE. To be successful in painting wood such as skirting boards or doorframes you must ensure that a high degree of preparatory work is undertaken. This is a time consuming job but you will be well rewarded if you take a weekend or a few afternoons to complete it. In fact the first few stages are the most important simply because if completed properly, you have a no-fail paint job ahead of you. Completing this aspect yourself will save you quite a bit of money compared to paying for a professional.

So clean the wood surface thoroughly using a specialised cleaner, it should not leave a film (this could interfere with paint adhesion). Once it is dry, mask off the area. It is always a good idea to have one or more paintbrushes in differing sizes and widths and generally high quality brushes will yield better results. Also the money spent on better quality brushes will be well spent as they leave a more even coat of paint and can also be used more than once. I think that almost everyone has made the mistake of buying a poor quality brush only to leave half the bristles in the paint job. Lesson well learnt! It might also be a good idea to double check that your bristles are compatible to the products you are using, such as oil or water based.

Start by applying a de-glossing product and then according to the directions wait the specified amount of time before painting over with primer. Remember when using solvents (oil based) make sure your work area is well ventilated and there are no open flames in the area, these include cigarettes and gas water heaters. When applying the primer please be aware that there is usually only a 30 to 60 minute time frame in which primer can be painted over a de-glosser. Then sand the rough areas back and allow to dry. Keep in mind this could be a day or two.

Once the primer has dried completely apply your oil or water based paint, leaving to completely dry before giving it a second coat. Oil based paint usually takes longer to dry but experts believe it leaves a more durable finish. Remove your tape when oil-based paint is dry, if you are using water-based paint the tape can be removed when the paint is slightly tacky. Use your own judgement on this, or follow the paint can or store's directions.

It would be wise to avoid painting on hot days or even immediately after rain to avoid getting bubbles in the paint. Another quick key to success is to never rest your brushes on their bristles to stop deforming them and always clean them thoroughly, and all your paint or primer soaked rags. Store them in a well-aired area and never in anything enclosed, this is to ensure no spontaneous combustion occurs. Always remember that no matter how much time is spent on these little aspects of painting, the fine details are the basis for the rest of a room.

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