Five tips for paint­ing in­te­rior wood­work

Re­paint­ing the wood­work is a good way to smarten up your home, but make sure you use a wood paint that’s right for you

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If white oil-based paint was used on your home’s wood­work in the past, it will have dis­coloured over the years – some­times only in a mat­ter of months, es­pe­cially in rooms with lit­tle or no nat­u­ral light. Oil-based wood paints have other dis­ad­van­tages, in­clud­ing smelling, dry­ing slowly (es­pe­cially when it’s cold), be­ing prone to runs and drips (although non-drip ver­sions are avail­able) and be­ing hard to clean up and clean off things. If it’s ap­plied cor­rectly, an oil-based wood paint can pro­vide a good fin­ish, but be­cause it stays wet and tacky for a long time, the fin­ish can eas­ily be ru­ined by some­one brush­ing against it, or in­sects get­ting stuck to it, for ex­am­ple. White wa­ter-based wood paints don’t dis­colour or yel­low and rarely drip, although they’re not as hard­wear­ing as oil-based ones. They also dry quickly and although you have to do sev­eral coats of white, es­pe­cially on bare wood or MDF, the paint be­comes eas­ier and quicker to ap­ply the more coats you do, so you can fin­ish the job in a day, which usu­ally isn’t the case with oil-based. Other colours gen­er­ally need just two or three coats, mak­ing them much less work than white wa­ter-based ones.

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The prob­lem with some wa­ter-based wood paints is that they dry so quickly it’s hard to get a good fin­ish - if you go back over an area that’s al­ready started to dry, the fin­ish can be ru­ined. One of the best white wa­ter-based wood paint is Du­lux Trade Quick Dry Sat­in­wood. Although it can drip, it dries more slowly than most sim­i­lar prod­ucts, so it’s much eas­ier to get a good fin­ish. It’s a bit shinier than many sat­in­woods, but, more im­por­tantly, cov­ers bet­ter and is more hard­wear­ing – if you’re scep­ti­cal about wa­ter-based wood paints, try this one. As well as spe­cific wood/ metal paints, you can get wa­ter-based multi-sur­face paints that can be used on walls, ceil­ings, wood and metal. These are ideal if you want dif­fer­ent sur­faces to match, as the same colour in a wood/ metal paint and an emul­sion (for walls) isn’t nec­es­sar­ily iden­ti­cal. Wood paints were tra­di­tion­ally gloss, but these days lower-sheen sat­in­wood and eggshell are more fash­ion­able fin­ishes. If you’re re­paint­ing gloss paint, it’s im­por­tant to pre­pare it prop­erly be­cause paint doesn’t ad­here well to glossy sur­faces. This means sanding it and then ap­ply­ing wood un­der­coat or wood primer/un­der­coat to give a matt fin­ish ready for the new top­coat.

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