How To Prep Doors
and Trim for Painting
Do You Need To Sand Woodwork Before Painting?
The answer is yes.
Prior to painting skirting boards, doors and window frames, it is important to ensure that any imperfections in the wood surfaces have been dealt with. Typically, this will require some filling and sanding.
How To Prepare Woodwork For Painting
There are only a few steps necessary, but it will require a little time and the need to break a sweat. So, roll up your sleeves and away we go!
1. Clean the Woodwork
Use a clean cloth and some Sugar Soap to clean any dirt and grime from painted woodwork. Sugar soap has a degreasing agent which makes it perfect for cleaning painted areas. If you don’t have any Sugar Soap, warm water with a little dish detergent is a good substitute.
2. Repair Damaged Surfaces
Fill in any holes, dents and cracks with Wood Filler (Spackling) using a putty knife. Leave it to dry thoroughly, following the manufacturer’s recommendations for how long to leave it.
3. Sand the Surfaces
Lightly sand the wood surfaces using a 120-grit sandpaper, until the shine disappears. If your wood surface is rough or worn, begin with a coarse grade of sandpaper, 80-grit, and then finish with a less-coarse grade such as 100- or 120-grit.
If you have used any wood filler, lightly sand over the filler with a 120-grit sandpaper until it is level with the surrounding area
4. More Cleaning
Clean the woodwork and the adjacent walls of any dust, to ensure painter’s tape will adhere securely. Begin with a vacuum and then finish with a damp cloth or sponge.
5. Prime The Surfaces
A wood filler may accept the paint differently than the surrounding area. Applying a coat of primer to the woodwork should prevent the colour of the top coat from looking different in the repaired areas.
Different Methods of Sanding
Hand Sanding – Is really only suitable for small areas and minor imperfections.
Wire Wool – Is a good option for enclosed or tight areas/ corners.
Sanding Large Areas – an electric sander is going to be more efficient, it may also be necessary for any deep imperfections. A dust mask is a must.
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