Here’s the thing your old furniture and woodwork is in great working condition, it is still strong and sturdy, but looks very shabby because of the stains and the worn-out varnish. The only way to restore a fresh look to these woodworks is by applying a fresh tint of your favourite colour or the colour that complements your house.
Here is how to start with the process:
1. The must-haves:
Before you start, make sure you have these essentials with you.
> Paint and paint brushes
> Roller and roller tray
> Cleaning gear
> Filler and scraper
2. The basic preparation:
Kick-start your first task at hand by ‘surface preparation.’ The better the prep, the better the finished work looks. Only when the surface is set, you can go ahead to start off with painting over stained timber.
To clean the timber, use a general-purpose household cleaner. Once done with cleaning, let the woodwork dry completely. The next important step is to fill up any cracks or imperfections; for this, you can use putty or other types of glue-based fill options. Every time when you apply such filler, make sure to use a good quality, flexible scrapper. After the voids and divots are filled, let the surface dry, completely.
Sanding is a very important part of getting your surface ready for painting. It not only makes your surface clean but also helps the paint to stick on the surface easily. For sanding, make use of fine-grit sandpaper, typically ranging from 150-grit to 180-grit.
Pro tip– Sanding works best on flat and plain surfaces. For trims or surfaces that have texture & intricate design, make use of de-glossing products. These products help a lot while cleaning the portions of the surface where the sandpaper cannot reach.
After you are done with sanding, wipe the surface with mineral spirits to remove the dust and debris left behind; allow it to dry completely.
4. The final painting:
At this stage, the main task, which is painting over stained timber and varnished timber, appears to be the easiest task. The reason is the hard work that went into preparing a neatly-finished surface.
Now that you are fully ready to begin the painting, make sure to start with the basic rules of the painting. First, tape off the edges with painter’s tape and only then go ahead to apply an oil-based primer to the surface. Here, you can use a roller or a brush, depending on the type of surface you are choosing to paint.
Once the primer is completely dry, check the surface to see if it has got any blemishes. Apply paint over the surface and let it dry. You may add more coats in case if you feel one coat wasn’t sufficient enough for your timber surface. While a roller can very easily help you coat the paint, it is best to use brushes when the surface is too small or tricky with its design pattern.
5. Finishing the last bit:
At this point, pay attention to the small grooves. If you want to go the extra mile and achieve an impeccable smooth finish, then you can lightly sand the surface before applying the final coat. Here, at this point use 200 to 280-grit sandpaper.
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