Preparing Woodwork for Painting

2-4 hours

Painting woodwork is a great way to update your home

Preparing Woodwork for Painting

While not difficult, preparing woodwork for painting can be detailed so be sure to pack your patience to make sure the job comes out looking great. Liquid deglossers will prep glossy surfaces like enamel paints, but be careful as the deglosser should not be left on too long.


Wash the woodwork with TSP solution or a phosphate-free substitute, and rinse it thoroughly
Wash woodwork with TSP solution - Preparing Woodwork Painting

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 is probably best to remove the old finish entirely by sanding it or stripping it. To renew varnished wood, clean it with mineral spirits, patch any holes and then apply new coats of varnish.

Repair holes, dents & scratches
Repair holes, dents & scratches - Preparing Woodwork Painting

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

Sand the surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper until they are smooth to the touch
Sand surfaces 150-grit sandpaper - Preparing Woodwork Painting

Wipe the woodwork with a tack cloth before priming and painting.