Smooth Finish

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Most walls in homes and buildings are gyprock, which is manufactured to be smooth and flat. It is not too difficult to get a great matt paint finish on these walls if we use the right primer/undercoat and the right colour paint. It takes some skill with a roller and brush, but there are professionals and skilled DIY people who get great, consistent results.

If is a different matter getting a smooth result with timber. And most homes will have at least some timber trim. This timber might be stained to keep the pleasing natural wood-grain appearance. Or it might be painted.

If we do paint timber we will be looking for a smooth looking result. This requires some knowledge and skill; timber is not naturally smooth, and it needs to be prepared correctly if the painted finish is to be flawless.

Matt paint is a little more forgiving on any surface. The way it reflects light means than minor imperfections are covered up. But glossy paint has the opposite effect; any imperfections, the tiniest dents, become easy to see. So we need to make sure the surface is all but perfect.

Timber Painting

Prepare the Wood – Sand the surface with 120 grit paper to provide a slightly rough surface for the primer to adhere to.

Fill in gaps – Use wood filler to fill in gaps, crack or dents in the wood. When dry, these need to be sanded so thay are absolutely flush with the surrounding wood.

Primer – Use a primer/undercoat designed for timber. When completely dry, sand this with 220 grit paper (fine). Ths should produce some fine dust, which needs to be vacuumed away.

Inspect the timber which has been primed. If there is any visible imperfection the area needs to be redone. Don’t rely on the final paint covering anything up.

Use Enamel paint – This is more expensive than regualr oil paint, but it dries harder and gives a much better finish. the expense is worth it for the better results.

Use additives – By thinning out the paint the brush-marks will disappear. Clean turps or mineral spirits are usually fine for thinning paint. Do not use more than 1 part thinner for 2 parts paint.

Thin paint will require several coats for complete coverage. But the thinner paint will dry harder and may dry more quickly depending on the additive. The results will be much smoother.

Strain the paint if you are using an old tin. This removes any gunk or dried paint, which will otherwise ruin the job.

Consider a clear glossy finish over matt paint is you want a shiny surface. Clear gloss form a spray can is often a good option here.


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There are many different materials and situations when painting a home. Techniques vary accordingly. Call the professionals if you want the best results for every part of your home.



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