Painting wood

Painting wood

If we use glossy enamel, first we cover the raw wood with wood primer. When the primer is dry, we rub it lightly with sandpaper, Wipe the dust off with a lint-free cloth and paint with a primer, to create the right base for the topcoat (unless we use paint that does not require primer painting). We do not use a primer to renovate an already painted surface.

If we want to paint over a different color, especially darker, we use paint with high hiding power or so many layers of primer, as it will be necessary.

We apply the paint in parallel, with short strokes along the grain of the wood. Next, without dipping the brush, we run the bristles across the grain. We finish the work with light strokes along the grain, to be sure, that the surface is covered evenly and smoothly.

By painting wood, we always brush along the grain. We choose high quality brushes, which will not leave any hair on the painted surface. We don't pick up too much paint at once.

Protection of unpainted surfaces

Sticking the edges of the glass in windows or doors before painting will save us a lot of work later (you will not need to painstakingly scrape splashed windows). On the glass at the very edges of all the stiles (for that, where it meets the woodwork) stick a self-adhesive painting tape. Using a brush width 5 cm and holding it like a pencil, we apply paint along the frame. Tear off the masking tape, when the paint is completely dry. We must remove it slowly and sensitively, so that the paint does not peel off with it.

Handling of paints

Pour the remains of the paint into screwed jars. If we restrict the air supply, the paint will keep well and can be used later. Each jar should have a label indicating this, what paint it is and where it was used. If we leave a remnant of paint in the original packaging, will dry quickly.

On the surface of the paint, which has been stored for some time, brown fluid may collect or form a sheepskin coat. If fluid has collected, it is enough to mix it into the paint. If a sheepskin coat has formed, Cut it off with a knife and scrape any paint on its bottom into a container before throwing it away. Before re-use, strain the paint through a strainer or stocking. (We attach the stocking loosely to the tin with an elastic band and let it inside, when we put the brush in the can, we dip it in uncontaminated paint). If the can is rusty, we pour the paint into a new container.