A: Wood is adaptable enough to receive either water- or oil-based paint , as long as you coat it with primer beforehand. But the myriad types of paint and sheen within these two categories can present you with a dizzying array of options at the paint store.
Paints do not stick well to glossy surfaces, whether already painted or not. Whether it’s a wall or woodwork, it should be thoroughly sanded to provide a surface “key”. You may need an undercoat for wood , but there is no need to apply any primer, as the surface is already painted .
Wood paint is generally used to paint wood products, such as wooden doors, wooden floors, wooden furniture, etc.; while latex paint belongs to wall paint , so the advantages of latex paint are not the brightness of the appearance, but the delicacy and scrub resistance.
Wood primer should only be used on bare wood furniture . If your furniture has previously been painted or varnished, use a multi surface primer. For the decorative coat, look for paints labelled ‘for wood and metal’, such as gloss, satin and eggshell. If the piece has fine details like doors, start with these.
The most common question I get is about using acrylic craft paint on wood. Acrylic paint is made up of pigments suspended in an acrylic binding emulsion with a water base. What does that mean? That acrylic paints dry quickly, they are not toxic, and they can easily be cleaned with soap and water .
You can use any type of acrylic you like for painting on wood . Use a wide, flat paintbrush to apply the paint to the wood . Allow the paint to dry before applying a second coat, and then paint the back if you wish. Most acrylic paints will take roughly 20 minutes to dry.
Although a wall paint can be applied to wood , its best to use a specially formulated wood paint on a wood surface if you want to get the right finish. A few different types of wood paint that can be used are chalk paint , milk paint , acrylic paint , oil paint and latex paint for wood .
Paint your mouldings first and once they are dry, tape the moulding edge (or buy a moulding paint gadget), THEN paint the wall color. Once the tape was up, I was ready to paint . Using my favorite Purdy brush, I applied one coat of Kilz Primer (I’ve heard good things about gripper primer too, but haven’t tried it yet).
Emulsion paint can also finish wood , it comes in many colours and textures such as matt and silk! Just sand your wood down and make sure it’s nice and smooth before you apply the emulsion paint . Use a brush to apply the paint , a few coats will be needed to protect your wood and get the desired colour!
For furniture it’s best to use a satin or semigloss finish in either a latex or an oil-based paint . Never leave primer unpainted. If you choose a latex paint , a latex primer is an excellent choice for most uses. It goes on easily and blocks most stains, but it doesn’t have the odor of an oil -based primer .
Gloss paint, on the other hand, leaves everything looking shiny; silk paint offers a subtle sheen; and eggshell is a semi-matte effect. Whichever you choose, apply the paint evenly and leave it to dry. It might need another coat or two, so don’t put everything away until you’re sure one coat has done the job.
Doors take a lot of use and abuse, so when painting them, choose a durable paint finish that has a semigloss or gloss sheen. Semigloss or gloss makes cleaning easier and holds up to frequent cleaning. You need to lay down at least two topcoats to get a uniform appearance.
These tips will help you minimize your brush strokes and remove distractions from the smooth, professional finish of your piece. Use the Right Brush for your Paint . Use Good Brush Technique. Paint in the Same Direction as the Wood Grain. Lightly sand in between each coat of paint and after final coat.
Milk paint , which you can purchase as a powder or premixed, or even whip it up yourself at home, is a nontoxic and biodegradable paint option that’s great for use on wood furniture—and if you mix it with an equal part of bonding agent, you don’t need to sand the piece before beginning.