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Proper Paint Preparation For Millwork – A How To

It’s crucial to take proper preparation before decorative painting. Improper preparation can degrade the look of your decorative painting work.  This is especially important for millwork.  Pierre Finkelstein of Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting shows you how to prepare the space for painting.  See also: Level 5 Preparation 

HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

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SAND THE SUBSTRATE

STEP 1 – SAND THE SUBSTRATE: Sand the substrate using a medium to fine Sandpaper (depending on the substrate). Then follow with a good dusting (with a dedicated Dusting Brush) and vacuuming.

2

REPAIR THE SUBSTRATE

STEP 2 – REPAIR THE SUBSTRATE: Repair the most obvious nicks, scratches, and nail holes with a hard spackle compound.

3

PRIME THE SUBSTRATE

STEP 3 – PRIME THE SUBSTRATE:  Using a Primer, brush the stiles and rails in a “criss-crossing” pattern or if possible spray on. Check the surface for small imperfections and patch them, sand and spot prime before adding a second coat of primer. Let dry.  

After the primer has been dried, sand with Sandpaper (220 grit). Then dust with a dusting brush and completely vacuum the room.

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APPLY THE BASECOAT

STEP 4 – APPLY THE BASECOAT:  Apply two coats of basecoat by brushing on the stiles and rails and “criss-crossing” the panels. Finish in the direction of the longer side. 

To criss-cross (and create the most even and natural application of paint in preparation for a decorative finish) use a whizz roller or large Basecoat Brush to apply.   Then, using a Spalter Brush (size 100 to 200) that is not dipped in paint,  brush against the grain softly.  Finally, using the absolute tip of the same spalter, brush with the grain to finish the section.  This will allow for an even distribution of the paint and a very natural final mark that goes with the grain.   Let cure.

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DEGREASE THE BASECOAT

STEP 5 – DEGREASE THE BASECOAT:  After the Basecoat is cured, sand the surface with 320 grit sandpaper and degrease the basecoat with whiting. After a good vacuuming, the space is ready for the decorative finish!

Please Note: The most commonly used basecoat for millwork is a satin oil-base basecoat.  It is not recommended to spray the final coat as it doesn’t look natural.

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