How to Paint Interior Woodwork with Wickes

Painting interior wood work such as windows, skirting boards, architraves and doors is an integral part of giving your room a new lease of life. This video will give you the help and advice needed to get a good finish. You’ll find a full list of tools and materials you’ll need at the end of this video. Your woodwork should have already been prepped for painting, see our ‘How to prepare interior woodwork for painting’ for more information. Starting with the windows, apply masking tape to the windowpane, and either mask or remove any fittings such as locks, latches, hinges etc. Remember to open your windows as you paint, so that you don’t seal them shut. Now, paint the frames and sills with a suitable wood undercoat. Use a small brush for windows. If you’re painting the walls as well it’s worth doing the undercoat on all wood work before you do the top coat on the walls. That way you don’t need to be too precious on the edges that meet the walls. In the same way, mask off areas you want to protect and apply the undercoat to skirting boards, architraves and doors. When doing the skirting boards take particular care to protect your floor, it’s worth putting down masking tape and attaching your protective sheets. Finish off by doing the architraves and doors. Clean your brushes using water for water based paints or white spirit for oil based paints. Let the undercoat dry following manufacturers instructions. You’re now ready to apply your top coats, It’s best to put two coats on woodwork for a longer lasting and more protective finish. We would recommend using a water based product as they are quick drying, don’t smell like solvent based paint and the white options don’t yellow. We’re using a gloss paint as our top coat which will give a shiny finish, you can opt for a satin, eggshell or matt finish but it’s all down to personal preference. As with the undercoat start with the windows, followed by the skirting boards and then architraves and doors. Interior woodwork paint tends to be thicker than emulsion so it has a tendency to slowly drip if too much is applied in one go Be mindful of this as you paint and don’t overload the brush. Use a suitably sized brush and take your time on any edges that meet your painted walls. Certain topcoats for wood, especially oil based paints, are harder to wipe off surfaces if you make a mistake. But don’t worry, if the wall won’t wipe clean you can always touch it up with emulsion when you’ve finished. Wait for the first coat to fully dry before applying the second with the same process. Check manufacturers instructions for drying times. Now all that’s left is to let the last coat dry and then carefully remove any masking tape and replace any fixtures or fittings. Your woodwork is now complete. Here are the tools you will need to paint your interior woodwork: Here are the materials you will need: And here is the Safety Equipment.

1 Comment

  1. Andy Brice October 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Why are these videos getting so many dislikes? They may not be comprehensive, but they're full of useful tips.

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