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Preparing Woodwork for Painting


Prepping woodwork for painting isn't difficult, but wood trim and other details can have lots of little hills and valleys. You'll need to clean, patch and sand the woodwork before you can paint it, so a little patience is needed to make sure the job comes out looking great. Liquid de-glossers work well for prepping glossy surfaces such as enamel paints, but pay attention to the manufacturer's instructions - the de-glosser can't be left on too long.


To renew varnished wood, clean it with mineral spirits, patch any holes, and then apply new coats of varnish.




Step 1: Wash the wood and scrape away peeling paint

Wash the wood and scrape away loose paint To start, wash the woodwork with TSP solution or a phosphate-free substitute, and then rinse it thoroughly. Be sure to wear protective gloves and safety gear when using harsh cleaners and chemicals. Scrape away any peeling or loose paint. If your woodwork is badly chipped, it's probably best to remove the old finish entirely by sanding it or stripping it.

Step 2: Apply wood putty

Apply wood putty Use a putty knife to press some latex wood patch or wood putty into any nail holes, dents or other scratches. Colored wood patch material also can be used. Let the patch dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Sand surfaces with sandpaper

Sand surfaces with sandpaper Sand the surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper until they are smooth to the touch. Wipe the woodwork with a tack cloth before priming and painting.