Interior wood paint buying guide
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Undercoats and all-in-one wood products
Today, thanks the availability of primers and undercoats, you don't need such a wide selection of products; simply apply an undercoat and paint with the same type of base and you'll get a quality finish. Undercoats allow you to prepare your surface properly in order to optimise your finish. It is also possible to buy all-in-one paints suitable for a range of surfaces (wood, metal, radiators, etc.).
With a range of made-to-measure products available, you can really freshen up your home with ease.
Different types of interior wood paint
It is recommended to ventilate the room well during application. Oil-based paints are ideal for a high gloss finish. While efficient and resistant enough for use in the kitchen and bathroom, oil-based paints are not recommended for use in bedrooms. Nonetheless, these paints do offer a lot of coverage and a smooth finish.
Wood paint finishes
Tinted and coloured stains
Clear stains can be found but are used less for interior woodwork. Tinted or coloured stains retain the natural appearance of the wood while preventing the colour from fading.
Gel wood stains offer a better hold and come with a range of properties depending on where they will be applied. For example, you can find stains that offer a fungicidal treatment to combat damp, or an anti-UV treatment to withstand sunlight; the latter is a great option for south-facing bay windows.
How to gild wood
- Tempera - a binder made from animal skin or egg whites;
- Oil-based adhesive - a type of varnish with a faster drying time
- Metallic powders - used instead of gold leaf.
Using varnish to protect your wooden surfaces
Varnish is a very easy product to maintain; it is a protective product that allows you to preserve the appearance of the wood. As with all other wood protection products, it is the surface type that will determine your choice of varnish.
Types of varnish
Difference between varnish and woodVarnish creates a transparent film over the surface of the wood. This protects the wood from stains, wear, scratches, and moisture. A stain is used to let the grain of the wood shine through and can be in liquid or gel form. Unlike varnish, stains penetrate the wood to protect it from external damage. Staining is generally not recommended for flooring as it wears fairly easily.
Final tips to get the best result from your interior wood paint
First, you need a clean, dry and healthy surface. Avoid using chemicals to clean, as this may alter the paint. Do not forget to sand down the surface lightly to ensure that your paint or undercoat adheres correctly. Do not hesitate to invest in high-quality painting tools to make your life easier.
The rollers and brushes you use must be perfectly suited to the type of paint and finish you choose. Finally, make sure to mix your paint, either by hand or using a mixing paddle, to ensure the pigment is evenly dispersed.
Julie, Interior Designer, Manchester 22 guides écrits
After years of doing DIY, home improvements and interior design during my free time, I decided to turn my passion into a career.
Since 2006, I've helped people all around the West Midlands with their renovation and construction projects. The passion I have for my job, along with my love of learning, has motivated me to find innovative solutions for myself and my clients.
I'd say that truly living one's dream is also about transforming the space you live in and the everyday objects in that space. My family loves what I come up with and the new ideas that I bring into their lives!
One of my absolute favourite things is using colour to brighten up interior space. I'm also really interested in giving advice on how to hide clutter in the home. No matter how good we are at spring cleaning, keeping clutter to a minimum is a big challenge! In my professional and personal life, I've gathered tons of great tips and I'm ready to share my ideas so you can dive into your next big - or small - project!