You might think that wood painting is an easy job, but in fact, it isn’t as there is a lot of preparation that you must do before you actually start painting. From the quality stain for your swing set, to the right type of paint, you need to consider a lot of things if you want your project to turn out good.
But, before you pick up a brush, let’s explain a few basic steps you need to take.
Preparing the wood
Before you start applying, it is essential to know that paint cannot fill any cracks, holes or other deformations on the wood. Once it dries, it will look good, but the cracks will be still visible. As a matter of fact, you can expect that these become even more visible. To get rid of these, you can use sandpaper to smooth out any irregularities on the surface of wood, so the entire surface is smooth on the touch.
Once it is smooth, you can apply the paint to achieve nice and smooth look. In case you cannot sand it properly, you can use trisodium phosphate to remove the remaining paint or grime.
Also, before you think of applying and sandpapering, you have to remove any previous paint that is already on the surface as the new layer of it won’t stick properly.
A putty knife can help you – use it to slowly to scrape away any remaining layers. However, if your surface is treated with the stain or a finish, you do not need to remove it, but rather sand it only to make it smooth. It is also recommended to apply the primer before you add the paint to make it stick nice and proper as you do not want to have a paint that sticks out and breaks.
Use a tack cloth to remove the remaining dust
The dust sticks to anything and to the wood as well, but if it stays on it before you apply the paint, the final look may not be thrilling. Once caulk everything and seal any cracks, the next step is to remove any dust from the wood.
You can either use a tack cloth or even a vacuum cleaner if you have. Make sure that the cloth is damp a bit to make sure that dust sticks to it and goes away from the surface.
Fill the remaining cracks with wood putty
In case you have bigger holes and cracks, you have to fill these gaps. The best way is to use wood putty that you fill in the holes and close the gap. Again, start with a putty knife and apply this putty easily until you fill the crack. Try to finds the one that comes with the primer included in its structure.
Alternatively, you can use caulk, especially if you have deep cracks. Start with a tiny layer before you add more if needed and make sure you flatten the surface.