Quick Tip: Prepping Wood for Paint

Best results are typically achieved by those do-it-yourselfers who take the time to prepare wood for painting properly.

Here are some steps to follow when preparing new wood for painting. First, countersink any finish nails. Then fill any nail holes and imperfections with a fast-drying wood filler. Caulk all the cracks and seams, smoothing out the caulk with your fingers. Sand smooth with fine sandpaper and seal any knots with a clear shellac (to prevent resins from bleeding through your finish paint). Now you are ready to prime and apply your finish coat.

For more on painting, consider:

Exterior Paint 101
Bob Vila Radio: Interior Paint Prep
Paint Makeovers: An Expert Tells All