Painting Wood Panel
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Painting wooden panels in a room will brighten up the room. Painted
wooden panels will add character to the room irrespective of the
décor of the room. Before painting the panels think carefully and
make sure that this is what your want. Once painted, stripping the
paint off the panels is an extremely tedious task.
Here are few tips on how to go about painting wooden panels.
Things you require to start painting:
- Powdered wall cleaner
- Sandpaper and a sanding block
- Liquid sandpaper (optional)
- Tack cloth
- Clear lacquer
- Stain-blocking primer or Alkyd primer
- Latex paint
Tips to paint the panel:
- Thoroughly clean the panel, removing
dirt and sediments of wood care products. Use only powdered
cleanser and not liquid cleaners. The products that have to be
sprayed leave a thin layer, which may prevent smooth application
of paint on the wooden panel. Wash off with water and leave to
- Insert sand paper into sanding block and
sand the surface that has to be painted. Sanding is done to
roughen and prepare the surface for painting. Dull all shiny
spots. If you prefer using liquid sandpaper do so. Follow
instructions given on the bottle.
- Use tack cloth to wipe of dust from
sanding. If there are knots in the panel apply clear lacquer and
let dry completely.
- Use an alkyd primer that matches the
color of the base coat to prime the panels. Dry completely.
Apply two fine coats of latex paint to finish off. If the
original color of the panel is very dark the use a primer with a
stain block, which will prevent the dark color from showing
- For a simple, easy to maintain look use
an eggshell finish, it is glossy an easy to clean. To give a
room a slightly glamorous look use faux finishes. Another kind
of finish that you can try is to paint a base color, then apply
glaze in a different color and then with the help of graining
tool to give a striped look.
- Buy good quality paint and buy a little
more than you need as you will not get the same color if you run
short later on.
- If the previous paint was oil-based and
you are planning to use a latex paint this time, then apply a
primer before painting.
- Flat finishes are best for concealing
wall imperfections. This finish is good for room where there is
little activity like bedrooms, hallways etc.
- Eggshell paint or paint with a little
more shine is best for children's rooms, where it adds a little
brightness and is easy to clean.
- Use semi gloss that has more sheen to it
and is more reflective is great for kitchens and bathrooms.
- Gloss or high shine paint are best for
cabinets and trims. High sheen emphasizes
defects that are present on the surface.