Top Tips For Using Wood Paint 

Nowadays, coloured wood paint is used quite frequently at both domestic and commercial properties, and it can be a brilliant way to transform everything from an old piece of garden furniture to an industrial mezzanine. Wood paint is ideal for use on many different types of wood, and industrial-grade paint is also suitable for painting industrial plywood, hardboard and composite board as well.

If you’re planning on using a coloured wood paint for the first time, as expected, it will be slightly different to using standard masonry paint on your interior or exterior walls, and it may not be as straightforward as you initially thought. So, to help any who has a wood painting project coming up, our team here at Regal Paint have put together a list of tips that may be beneficial to you. Keep reading today to ensure that your paint job is flawless. 

Choose the right paint for the job

As expected, it is incredibly essential to ensure you’re using the correct wood paint for the job in hand. There are many different types of paint available, so always check the tin as it will inform you what the paint is designed for. Of course, you also need to choose the right colour for the project too, from classic brown wood paint to bright blue wood paint, you have lots of choices.

Always remove any old loose paint 

Preparation is an essential step whenever you’re painting something and it is especially important when you’re painting wood. Firstly, remove any old peeling or loose paint and then sand down the wood. Ideally, you want a smooth surface to be able to paint on. Of course, if you’re painting new plywood or MDF, the preparation will undeniably be much easier. 

Use a primer whenever required 

It is highly likely that you will require a primer when you’re using wood paint and if the tin advises that this is something you do, you shouldn’t overlook this step. The primer will provide you with a better surface to paint on and it often ensures that not only will the finished project look better, but it will also improve the durability and longevity of the coloured wood paint too. 

Consider using a top coat too 

You may also find that the paint you’re using requires a top coat as well. This will help to preserve the paint and provide it with an extra guard against the elements, especially if you’re painting outside. Again, it should say on the paint tin whether this is required or not. While it may seem like a step you can easily ignore, if it is advised then it is always worth doing. 

Apply the paint in thin coats 

When you’re ready to add the coloured wood paint, try to apply thinner coats. You want to apply these coats as evenly as possible ensuring that you don’t cut any corners. Patience and attention to detail are key when it comes to painting wood. Depending on the type of paint you’re using, you may require multiple coats, but typically only two coats will be needed. 

Ensure you wait the required drying time 

You will notice that when you purchase coloured wood paint, there will be multiple different drying times provided to you. The touch drying time, recoat drying time and hard drying time are all important to take into consideration and you shouldn’t ever touch the paint or add another coat until the required amount of time has passed.

Using wood paint for the first time 

All in all, when taking into account everything mentioned above, there is no reason why you should experience any issues when using coloured wood paint for the first time. If you’re in need of some tailored professional advice when purchasing the wood paint that you require or using this type of paint for the first time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team here at Regal Paint who will be able to assist you further. 

For over three decades now we have been manufacturing floor paints, metal paints, wood paints and masonry paints in our UK factory, so you can trust that we are the perfect people to reach out to in this regard. We pride ourselves on not just the incredibly high quality of our paint but also our exemplary customer service, from choosing the right paint for your job to technical and application advice, we are more than happy to pass on our experience and knowledge.