Painting wooden panels in a room will brighten up the
room. Painted wooden panels will add character to the room
irrespective of the décor of the room. Before painting the
panels think carefully and make sure that this is what
your want. Once painted, stripping the paint off the
panels is an extremely tedious task. Here are few tips on
how to go about painting wooden panels.
Things you require to start painting:
Sandpaper and a
primer or Alkyd primer
Tips to paint the panel:
1. Thoroughly clean the panel, removing dirt and sediments
of wood care products. Use only powdered cleanser and not
liquid cleaners. The products that have to be sprayed
leave a thin layer, which may prevent smooth application
of paint on the wooden panel. Wash off with water and
leave to dry completely.
2. Insert sand paper into sanding block and sand the
surface that has to be painted. Sanding is done to roughen
and prepare the surface for painting. Dull all shiny
spots. If you prefer using liquid sandpaper do so. Follow
instructions given on the bottle.
3. Use tack cloth to wipe of dust from sanding. If there
are knots in the panel apply clear lacquer and let dry
4. Use an alkyd primer that matches the color of the base
coat to prime the panels. Dry completely. Apply two fine
coats of latex paint to finish off. If the original color
of the panel is very dark the use a primer with a stain
block, which will prevent the dark color from showing
5. For a simple, easy to maintain look use an eggshell
finish, it is glossy an easy to clean. To give a room a
slightly glamorous look use faux finishes. Another kind of
finish that you can try is to paint a base color, then
apply glaze in a different color and then with the help of
graining tool to give a striped look.
6. Buy good quality paint and buy a little more than you
need as you will not get the same color if you run short
7. If the previous paint was oil-based and you are
planning to use a latex paint this time, then apply a
primer before painting.
8. Flat finishes are best for concealing wall
imperfections. This finish is good for room where there is
little activity like bedrooms, hallways etc.
9. Eggshell paint or paint with a little more shine is
best for children's rooms, where it adds a little
brightness and is easy to clean.
10. Use semi gloss that has more sheen to it and is more
reflective is great for kitchens and bathrooms.
11. Gloss or high shine paint are best for cabinets and
trims. High sheen emphasizes defects that are present on