How to Paint Bare Wood

Painting on wood is a simple and easy process. Let us begin.


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    Acquire oil based paints, which air dry slowly. The piece of wood your painting on must be completely dry before you begin, and have grain. Painting on completely smooth wood is much more difficult, albeit possible.
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    Paint the under-coat. The under-coat should be thin, and smooth, move your paint brush down the wood, don't paint up or horizontally. This is so that gravity can pull away any pooling. Leave this to dry for 20 minutes or so, depending on your paint.
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    Paint the second coat, but be much more careful this time, make sure there are no paint bubbles appearing and smooth out any drips or pools left over from the under-coat. Leave this to dry again.
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    Be the most precise with this. This is your finishing layer. This is what color your wood will be for-ever onwards.
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  • Make sure you mix your paint properly before hand.
  • Get a strong evenly cut brush without bristles falling out.
  • Lay down cover before your paint, so it gets on nothing else. Newspaper is good for that.
  • Make sure where you paint is well lit so you can see what you are doing.


  • Most wood has cracks and dents in it, remember to fill these in.

Things You'll Need

  • Oil paint
  • Brush
  • Ground cover
  • Lighting
  • Wood

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Categories: Painting and Other Finishes