REPAINTING WOODWORK | SMOOTHING BETWEEN COATS

REPAINTING WOODWORK

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.

HOW TO PREPARE BARE WOOD | REPAINTING WOODWORK

HOW TO PREPARE BARE WOOD


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.


HOW TO PAINT BARE WOOD

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.