The most common summer job (according to our users) is painting the woodwork and masonry of the outside of the home. We will deal with painting masonry another time but today we can take a look at the best way to prepare your timber windows, doors, fascia boards etc for a coat or two of paint.
Preparation for painting is more important than the painting itself.
You may be happy to do the same job three or four times a year but if, like us, you would prefer to do it right, once every three years, then good preparation is the key.
We have a whole list of projects on the website to help you prepare, and then paint your woodwork and these are listed below. Just click on the link you want to go to.
There are many more painting projects on the website as well as projects on how to clean paint brushes and how to paint both metal and timber garage doors.
As you view each project, look to the left and at the bottom of each page where you will see a list of projects related to the one you are reading. By following these related projects you will be able to gain all the knowledge you need to work your way round the house.
At the very bottom of each page is a tool store where you can click any buy all of the tools and many of the materials you need to complete the job.
We are pleased to announce that Karen has completed the redecoration of her front door – and we think you will agree that she has made a very good job of it too.
An early start on Saturday gave her the chance to give the door a final sanding to flatten a couple of high spots where brushstrokes in the application of the undercoat were a little obvious. Having stripped the door to prevent exactly this uneven finish, a fine sanding was enough to get rid of these.
The door was then given a brush down followed by a final rub over with a wax tacking cloth. This is a cloth impregnated with wax that will pick up any remaining dust from sanding a piece of work but without leaving any residue.
The door was then painted in sections – have a look at our project painting a panelled door for the best way to do this.
Obviously the door could not be closed for several hours, so it was propped open using wedges to prevent any uninvited guests during the afternoon!
By Sunday afternoon, the paint was dry enough to fix the newly polished lock and door furniture.
Here is the final result:
Karen says ‘I’m pleased with the finished result, and although it’s taken longer than I anticipated the eco-friendly paint stripper I used made it much easier. After the first undercoat, it was clear that I would have to take this off again as the overall finish would have been worse than when I started. It made all the difference stripping it back to bare wood. I just wish I hadn’t been tempted to take a short cut in the first place! Still, I’ve learnt a lot and am now ready for the next challenge. ‘
Well done Karen – and having seen the garage door we think this is likely to be her next project!
As you may have seen from our earlier blogs, Karen started work on her own DIY project to strip and repaint her front door several days ago, and had got to the point where she had applied the undercoat to the door.
However, she was less than happy with the overall look of the undercoat applied – which just highlighted all the knocks and blemishes on the door.
The result of this was that Karen stripped the door all the way back to bare wood as seen in the blog below.
After a break of a few days, Karen has taken up her paintbrush once again.
The next stage of her front door project was to paint the undercoat again. This time the undercoat went on smoothly and looked much better – even close up!
Undercoat take two!
It now needs to be left for 24 hours or so, given a very light sanding with fine grade sandpaper in readiness for the top coat.
Check in on Monday to see the completed door!
Despite her earlier comments regarding decorating over the long weekend, Karen was caught up in the excitement of the Royal Wedding and not a brush stroke was made on Friday!
As you may see from the images in the blogs below, the undercoat had been applied ready for the next step. However, the overall look of the door was fine from across the road, but on closer inspection it was very apparent that it was less than perfect. Karen made the difficult decision to strip the door again – this time all the way back to bare wood.
This took quite some time as rather than cover the whole door with the eco friendly paint stripper, Karen worked in smaller sections. This enabled her to concentrate on the fiddly bits of the panelling to ensure all traces of the previous paint were removed.
After carefully washing the door with a weak solution of sugar soap and rinsed with fresh water, the door was left overnight to dry out. The following morning it was ready for sanding down. Karen started with a coarse grain or grade paper, then a medium grade was used and finally a fine grade to finish. Have a look at our project on preparing woodwork for more information.
We think you will agree that the door now looks much better and will provide a far smoother surface for repainting.
After a final wipe down to remove all traces of dust Karen is now ready for the next step – undercoat again!
After a couple of days work on her front door, it seems like Karen took us at our word – and spent the last two days of the Easter Bank holiday weekend on the beach!
Well, not on the beach exactly, but family commitments meant that Karen was unable to complete her project of stripping and repainting the front door in the original timescale.
Luckily, thanks to the wedding of a certain young Prince on Friday, and May Day we have another 4 day weekend coming up.
A recent survey showed that although most of the working population are grateful to have an extra day off because of the Royal Wedding, DIY is not top of their list of things to do. This is not true for Karen however, as she has promised to leave the TV switched off until after the final brush stroke!
Did you have any unfinished DIY jobs from the weekend? Taken on too much? If so, just click here to get a local tradesman to come and finish the job so you can watch the Royal Wedding!