Painting could be a frustrating experience, especially when you have little know-how around paints and their different applications. It becomes more frustrating when you are dealing with a stained piece of wood. But is it ok to paint on stained wood? Yes, it’s ok to paint your stained wood for whatever reason deemed necessary. However, there’s a right way of doing it
Using the right products and following the correct procedures should help you achieve some satisfying results.
What is Required to Paint Over Wood stain?
- Multiple Sizes of Paint Brush
- Grit Sandpaper
- Screw Drivers to Remove Attached Knobs or Handles.
- Tack Cloth
Some of the Preparation Required Before You Begin Painting.
Prepare your working area.
Lay down tarps to avoid spilling paint on the floor or surrounding furniture.
Do the set up outside in open air if the furniture you want to paint is easily movable.
If you have children in the house, painting from outside would reduce the chances of them umping on the wood before it tries.
If you are working on an immovable piece of wood, consider restricting movement around the painted surfaces.
Clean the wood’s surfaces
Use the tack cloth to eliminate any dust particles, spider webs, or hairs on the wood surface.
You have to do this, especially if the piece of wood has been in your storage area for some time.
Painting on dirty surfaces reduces the quality of the finish. It also makes the paint less durable.
Sand the wood
Sanding removes any ridges or peeled off paint, giving you a flatter surface to paint on.
It makes the surface rough, making the paint adhere to the wood. This reduces the amount of paint you would need to use.
Use 150-grit sandpaper for sanding the wood surface until smooth
Alternatively, instead of sanding, you could use a deglosser also known as “Liquid Sandpaper.”
A deglosser contains concentrated solvents that remove any finish from the wood surface faster compared to manual sanding.
Check whether there are any parts of the furniture that need repairing.
Check for cracks, protruding nails, or grooves on the wood.
Use a wood filler to repair the holes and cracks.
A wood filler would also come in handy when you want to hide nail heads before painting.
Remove knobs and handles
If you are painting a door to your house of wardrobes, then ensure that you remove the knobs or handles to avoid painting on them.
Use the fitting screwdrivers to remove the screws holding it.
Paint primer on the wood
Use a primer, especially if the wood has a dark stain.
Take note of the type of stain you are dealing with before purchasing a primer and also the type of paint you intend to use.
However, when you do not have access to this type of expertise, you should be safe purchasing a multi-purpose primer.
Give the primer time to dry
The primer is usually thick.
Therefore, it might take some time to dry, especially when there are high levels of humidity. However, this should not take much time in drier months.
Do not apply paint on wet primer, for it would compromise the final look of your wood.
Paint the Wood
Read the instructions of the paint carefully before you begin painting.
- Use good brushes that uniformly apply paint on the wood.
- Always use more than one court of paint.
Applying one court of paint would not effectively give the rich color of the paint or cover the primer.
Can I paint wood without sanding?
Yes, you can! Whereas sanding is essential before painting on wood, sometimes it is not necessary to use manual sanding.
Using a deglosser significantly reduces the amount of time you need to prepare your wood for painting.
However, the wood would be rough and not uniform.
A deglosser might not be most helpful, and you might need manual sanding.
What kind of paint do you use on wood furniture?
You could either use oil-based paint or latex paint.
Using latex paint (water-based paint) is better because it is easier to clean. It is also giving you an easier time when painting using a spray.
You could also use oil-based paint if you like to. There is no harm whatsoever.
Can I paint acrylic over wood stain?
Yes, you can use acrylic paint on stained wood. However, you would need to sand it or use a deglosser.