Although your item comes fully sanded and ready for paint or stain, it can absorb moisture in the time it takes to be delivered. Before any paint application, we recommend a light sanding using 150-grit sand paper (or finer). Always sand in the direction of the grain. This helps to minimize any scratches that can show through once painted. It can be sanded to a finer grit (220 or 320) to optimize paint absorption but is not necessary for a good finish.

 

Priming:

  • Recommended but not required to aid in even paint absorption and to help fill small gaps. Helps to prevent wood grain from showing through paint. Aids in adhesion of the paint and provides addition protection for the wood underneath. Not necessary if paint already contains a primer, but can provide better results nonetheless.

 

Painting:

  • We recommend any water-based acrylic or latex paint. Oil based paints can be used, but have a longer dry time and more volatile fumes. Paint can be applied with a regular bristle brush, a foam brush (for a smoother texture), or sprayed. If spraying a latex paint, be sure to thin appropriately with distilled water. 2-3 coats should be enough, but feel free to recoat if needed. Be sure to lightly sand with 150-grit or finer sandpaper in between coats for to ensure a quality look and feel.

 

Finishing:

  • Although paint is a protective finish itself, for ultimate durability we recommend adding a clear acrylic topcoat. Poly-acrylic or water-based polyurethanes are a commonly used product for wood finishing. These finishes can be brushed, wiped, or sprayed on. These finishes are completely clear, and do not amber over time making them ideal for lighter woods, wood stains, and over painted surfaces. Water-based finishes dry much quicker than solvent-based and have almost no odor. If needed, you can thin with a little distilled water to aid in application and increase dry time (helps to ‘level’ the finish so it doesn’t dry too quickly). We recommended that you apply 2 coats of a water-based finish with a light sanding in between coats (320-grit or finer).

 

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