Wash and sand old, painted woodwork before repainting. If the paint is in a bad condition, it is best to strip it off before repainting.
1. Wash with TSP: If rough, and using medium sandpaper. Wipe with lint-free cloth dampened in turpentine.
2. Paint the topcoat onto the clean surface. For a different color, apply an undercoat, let it dry, and repaint.
SMOOTHING BETWEEN COATS
As you paint, small bristles, dust particles, and other debris will inevitably become caught in the wet, painted surface. Check the surface after each coat. If you spot blemishes, sand the surface between coats.
1. When dry, inspect the area for blemishes. Smooth the area, using fine sandpaper wrapped around a cork block.
2. To check that all the bumps have been removed, rub the palm of your hand over the surface. Brush away any dust.
3. To remove any last traces of dust, rub the area with a piece of damp, lint-free cloth. When the surface is dry, repaint.
PAINTING BETWEEN ROOMS
To paint a door and frame between two rooms in different colors, follow this procedure: open the door and stand in one room (marked A on the picture). Paint the lock edge, the adjacent edge of the frame, the doorstop, and the door front. Open the door wide so that the hinge is visible and stand in the other room (marked B on the picture). In the second color, paint the hinge edge, the flat of the doorstop, and the door front.
Painting in two colors
HOW TO VARNISH WOOD
Unpainted and painted woods benefit from a couple of coats of varnish. Varnish protects against wear and tear. It is available in gloss, semi gloss, and matte finishes. To change the color of the wood, use a pigmented varnish.
1. Pour some varnish into a bucket and dip a lint-free cloth into it. Rub the varnish into the wood, working against the grain. Wait for the varnish to dry (up to 12 hours).
2. Lightly rub the surface with fine sandpaper wrapped around a cork block. Wipe dust particles off the surface with a lint- free cloth that has been dampened in turpentine.
3. Apply another coat of varnish using a clean brush. When the varnish has dried, lightly sand the surface down and wipe clean. The results should be smooth and dust-free.