Are you staring down an interior painting project? If so then take a good look at your wood surfaces. You may have molding, cornices and baseboards that need serious prep work before you even think about lifting a paint brush. Woodwork can pose a serious challenge to the DIY enthusiast because in order to achieve even passable results with new paint, woodwork needs specific prep work. If you overlook the preparation, all your efforts will be in vain.
But fear not! We are here to share some professional tips for prepping woodwork for painting with you.
- Filling Nail Holes – Your molding and baseboards may have nail heads jutting up from the surface. This is not only an eyesore but will also make your interior painting job more of a hassle. Use a nail set and a hammer to gently tap the nail head flush with the material. If there are nail holes or nails that are sunk too deep into the wood creating a crater, you can fill these craters with wood filler and sand it down so that it is flush with the material.
- Remove Old Paint – Your trim is probably already painted. And if you want to repaint your trim you will most likely have to remove the old paint layer before repainting. That’s because certain types of paint will not adhere well to other types of paint – especially gloss paints. Using a 150 grit sandpaper with a sanding block or contour sander, remove as much of the old paint as possible. Once you are done, you are going to want to go over the sanded area with a damp, soft cloth to remove tiny wood and paint particles from the surface. This will ensure a smooth and even finish after painting.
- Don’t Forget to Prime – Priming your wood surfaces will not only ensure that the topcoat of paint will adhere firmly; the right primer will enhance the look of the finished product and keep the new paint from staining. In most cases, the best method for primer application is the recommended one that comes from the primer manufacturer. But here’s a little insider pro tip: after you apply your primer and it has completely dried, re-sand the surface again very lightly. This will ensure a smooth surface for the paint.
- Wood Repair – Some old woodwork simply can’t be saved. If you see crumbling, broken or rotting wood, it will have to be repaired before painting. In most cases, it would be best to call in a professional to handle these finish carpentry repairs. In any case, be sure that damaged wood is repaired or replaced. Otherwise, your new coat of paint will not adhere correctly and will flat out look ugly.
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Prepping woodwork is only one small part of interior painting projects. For comprehensive, professional and affordable interior painting services, be sure to call on us here at Century Painting. Get your free painting estimate today (704) 245-9409!