GLAZING WOOD – Strip and sand the wood to prepare for glazing

Strip and sand the wood to prepare for glazing. Dilute a quantity of latex so that it penetrates beneath the surface of the wood. Test the diluted paint on a small area to check the consistency.

1. Apply the diluted paint freely with a large decorating brush. Brush in the direction of the grain, covering the wood in small areas at a time.

2. When the paint is nearly dry (test an area), gently wipe over the paint with a lint cloth in one direction to expose the underlying wood grain.

3. Leave the paint to dry overnight and check that you like the tone. If it is too weak, apply another coat. Follow by sanding with fine sandpaper.

4. The final stage is to clean the wood. Run across the surface with a dry decorating brush and afterward wipe over with a damp cloth.



Plan ahead when painting wood; it may need several coats of oil-based paint. Lightly sand any rough areas and wipe away the dust with a lint-free cloth dampened in turpentine. Seal knots with shellac or knotting. When thy, apply a layer of primer. When that dries, sand lightly, and then apply a couple of layers of undercoat.


Wood is usually painted with oil-based paint. This gives off toxic fumes, so always keep the room well ventilated. When the undercoat is dry, sand and wipe. Apply one or two topcoats for a good finish.

1. Hold a small brush like a pen and apply vertical, parallel lines of paint. Work in sections 1 sq ft (30 sq cm).

2. Without reloading the brush with paint, join the vertical lines by brushing across them with horizontal strokes.

3. Finish with more vertical strokes. Reload the brush before starting on the next area. Begin by the wet edge.

How to Prepare A Room for Painting

Before you start painting, here’s how to prepare the room:

1. Lighter furnishings and furniture should be removed from the room.

2. Move the heavy furniture to the center of the room, and cover it with a plastic sheet or canvas drop cloth. Use masking tape or painter’s tape to secure the drop cloth or plastic sheet.

3. You may wish to remove the doors to gain better access for painting the trim, or you may want to leave the door in place, this way you can gain full access all the way around.

4. Remove photographs and artwork, and the hardware used to hang them.

5. Remove window coverings, drapes, blinds, curtains, or other window coverings.

6. If you have a fireplace, cover it with clear plastic sheeting or a drop cloth and then secure it with painter’s tape.

For best results, ALWAYS READ THE PAINT CAN LABEL. Professionals read the paint can labels to get the paint manufacturers’ most up-to-date information and instructions on the use of each specific paint. Every paint is different, and the labels provide important information, such as the average coverage area per gallon, drying times, number of coats needed, and surface preparation requirements. The labels also give specific safety information that should be carefully adhered to.

7. Remove all electrical outlet covers and switch plates, placing all the fittings in a designated container.

8. Cover exposed electrical outlets and switches with painter’s tape.

9. Light fixtures should be removed or loosened enough to paint behind them, or masked with painter’s tape.

10. Cover the entire floor with drop cloths or dust sheets, using a wide painter’s tape to adhere it to the floor. Make sure that half the tape is affixed to the drop cloth and the other half to the floor, tight against the baseboard. Rub the tape down tight, to prevent paint from seeping beneath it.

11. For carpeted floors, the same instructions apply. However, more of the tape surface goes against the baseboard, so you can tuck it down with a scraper blade to protect the carpet edge.