Give weight to wood preparation
- Good paint will never make up for a poor prep.
- Thoroughly clean, sand, and prime your surface (if necessary) before painting.
- Constantly inspect the performance of your sanding work.
Control the thickness of your coating
- How to control? : To thin the coating, simply damp your brush with a little water before loading your brush with pain, once your brush gets dried, do the cycle again. (Warning: do not over dilute coating and directly dilute the whole can with water!).
- Thinner paint smoothens the momentum of each brush stroke (i.e. less effort) and it helps hide brush marks (i.e. smoother finish).
- Thick and gloppy paint will make your finish look full and rich.
- Tips: Wood coatings’ thickness vary, please check each coating and evaluate the dilutability (e.g. Ronseal interior varnish itself is thin enough for a smooth finish).
Put it on and leave it alone
- After putting the paint on, ensure whether the finish has the level smoothness you really want.
- Once finish is confirmed, please do not go back and work the paint relentlessly and do not touch it.
- Try avoid drying your finish in a dusty area.
- Do not leave excess paint on the wood, it will leave blotches and uneven surfaces.
Multi surface painting tips
- When working on a cube-like or other difficult objects, try plan the first one/ few surface(s) to paint, and paint the next one(s) after the previous one(s) dried.
Always stir the can before using the paint
- Do not shake the can, it will create air bubbles which will get transferred to your wood.
Buy a good brush
- A good brush means efficiency in transporting paint from the can to your wood (less effort) , a good brush will have a major impact on how the finish looks when it dries (smoother finish).