How to Paint Bare Wood | House One

14November 2020


, which offers a low-odor spray option, or shellac which is a favorite of Mauro because of how well it seals and how quickly it dries.

Step 3: Smooth the Surface
Before you reach for a “paint and primer in one”, know that a dedicated primer typically has a higher concentration of solids, which will better fill the grain for a smoother topcoat.
And remember that bare wood loves to soak up paint, so it’s normal for the first coat or two to look fairly uneven.
Once dry, lightly sand the surface between coats to knock down the grain, which raises from the moisture.

Step 4: Consider Tinted Primer
A brightly colored topcoat painted over primer (versus bare wood) will achieve its final hue with fewer coats. Likewise, a dark color painted over a custom-tinted primer will reach its darker tone with fewer coats.
Mauro suggests only tinting primer up to 50% to retain the strength of the primer.

Step 5: Choose the Right Base for your Color
When it’s time to paint, as with any project, your paint expert should be able to recommend the correct base for your paint color before tinting. This will give your color the foundation it needs to achieve its hue.

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