HOW TO PAINT NEW WOOD – Painting new wood is very easy but you do have to remember that the paint finish will only be good if the proper preparations are made to the surface of the wood prior to painting. If you have just fitted new timber skirting boards, a door, door trim or window trim or any type of wood then it’s a good idea to paint, stain or varnish the wood it in order to preserve it. In this guide we’ll show you how to paint new wood so you end up with a really professional finish.
Take some fine grade sandpaper and sand down the timber, following the grain, until it is smooth to the touch.
IMPORTANT - remember to wear a dust mask when sanding to avoid inhaling wood dust. When sanding wood, always remember to work with the grain and not against it. If you sand against the grain you will scratch and rough up the wood.
Take a damp cloth – you only want it damp and not wet. Wipe away any wood dust and leave the wood to dry.
If you notice any holes or dents in the wood, now is the time to fill these. Use a good quality wood filler and apply it with a small filler knife. Also check the wood and seal any wood knots with wood sealant. Wood knots can produce sap which can discolour paint work. Apply the sealant with a soft paint brush and leave to dry completely before moving to the next step.
Take a tin of wood primer and apply an even coat to the new wood. Leave this to dry. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines on drying times – these can be found on the tin. When applying the undercoat try to maintain and even brush stroke and don’t overload the brush with paint.
Note – All-in-one paints are readily available at all good DIY Stores. The All-in-one paints include a primer / undercoat which will save you time and money on having to buy two tins of paint and applying the coats in stages. If in doubt ask the staff at your local DIY Store.
Once the primer is dry you can apply a top coat of Gloss paint. When applying gloss paint, do not overload the brush or roller. Work with long smooth strokes as this will provide a much better finish.
When you have finished applying the first coat of gloss paint leave this to dry completely. Again, follow the manufacturers dry times which will be printed on the tin. You can do a quick test to see if the paint is dry by lightly touching it with your finger tips. If the surface feels tacky then leave the paint to dry for a longer period of time.
Once the first coat is completely dry you can then apply the second coat, if you require, but following Step 6 above.