Prepping Woodwork For Paint

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Spike Carlsen with The Family Handyman magazine demonstrates how to prepare woodwork in a room before painting.

    Spike Carlsen: Hi! I am Spike Carlsen. I am a contributing editor for the family Handyman magazine. The number one home improvement magazine, and do it yourself magazine, I am a planner. We talked a little bit about how to get your walls ready. Now we are going to talk about how to get your wood ready to paint.

    Here we are going to show you how to do some things on wainscoting. The first thing you want to do is inspected to see that if there is any nails that are sticking out, and if they are, you want to set them below the surface with a nail set and a hammer.

    Finished nails have a little dimple in the end, and the idea is to take your nail set, get it locked in their and then go ahead, and set the nail. You wanted it to be below the surface, because your next step is going to be fill these nail holes, with a good wood putty. So that when you paint over them, it disappears.

    Okay, we've filled the smaller nail holes now you want to go look your wood work and look for larger gaps and cracks. Use your putty knife again to fill those in, this is specially useful if you are going to be painting your mill work, lots of times where the miters come together those have separated, you can take a nail and try to pull those together. If there is still a gap take your putty knife, fill those with putty and get them ready to paint.

    When your putty is dry, take some sand paper and a sanding block and smooth off the remaining surfaces. Over the nail hole, over the cracks and gaps, if you have areas that your sanding block won't reach, take your sand paper off, fold it up, make a little sanding block out of your fingers and sand those areas too.

    Another important step is to fill any large cracks and gaps with a good paintable caulk. Snip the tip of your tube, about the width of your largest opening, put it in your caulk gun and then with a slow controlled motion run your culk gun down the gap and use the tip to smooth it as you go. Use a nice controlled motion.

    Once you have applied the caulk then you want to smooth it out and the best tool ever made for smoothing caulk is a wet finger. Now the good place to do it it's going to be right along the top of the wainscoting.

    Okay, you've set your nails, you've filled your nail holes, you've filled any cracks and gaps, with wood putty. You've filled larger ones with the caulk gun. Now, your wood work is ready to paint.