Here we will show you how to paint interior woodwork, including windows, doors, architrave and skirting
Before you can paint, you must ensure that the surfaces have been thoroughly prepared, as this is key to achieving a long lasting and professional looking finish. See our online guide, leaflet or video ‘How to Prepare Interior Woodwork for Painting’ for further information
Lay out heavy-duty protective sheets to protect the floor and cover any nearby furniture that can’t be removed from the room with dust sheets
Interior woodwork paint is available in several different finishes, so be sure to look at the range to find a paint that best suits your room
Some paints may require additional preparation, so be sure to always check manufacturer’s instructions before starting a project
Do it right
When painting woodwork, it’s best to use a water-based product as they are quick drying and don’t smell like solvent-based paint
When painting the skirting, secure your protective sheets with masking tape to further protect the floor
Make sure that your room is well lit so that you can clearly see any areas that you have missed. Whilst painting, regularly step back to look at the area from different angles to ensure that the coverage looks consistent
As paint can drip and splatter, it’s best to wear safety goggles throughout the painting process
If you need to use a stepladder to paint your woodwork, be sure to take care and not to overstretch
Make sure the room is well ventilated when painting, especially if you are using a solvent-based paint
Interior woodwork needs little maintenance once it has been painted. However, it’s best to wipe away any condensation as this can cause the wood to swell
Avoid using chemical based cleaners on your painted woodwork as they may damage the finish
Painting the undercoat
Starting with the windows, apply masking tape to the window pane and either mask or remove any fittings, such as locks or latches.
Open your windows whilst you paint to prevent them from becoming sealed shut.
Check your manufacturer’s instructions and apply a coat of woodwork primer if recommended to do so. It’s best to use a small brush for windows.
Then, using a suitable wood undercoat, paint the windows and sills.
Mask off areas you want to protect on the doors, skirting and architrave, and apply the undercoat. If you are also painting the walls, you should finish applying the undercoat to all the woodwork before doing the topcoat on the walls.
Once the undercoat is complete, clean your brushes using water for water-based paints, or white spirit for solvent-based paints. Then, allow the undercoat to dry as per manufacturer’s instructions.
Painting the topcoat
Select the topcoat based on the style you want. There are many options available such as eggshell, matt, satin and gloss.
As with the undercoat, it’s best to start with the windows followed by the skirting boards, architraves and then doors.
Be mindful not to overload your brush, as interior woodwork paint tends to be thicker than emulsion and will drip if too much is applied.
Always use a suitably sized brush and take your time on any areas that meet your walls or floor.
If you do accidentally get paint onto your walls, wipe it off with a cloth immediately.
Check manufacturer’s instructions for drying times and allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.
Once the second coat has dried, carefully remove any masking tape and replace all fittings and fixtures.