Paint/Stain Woodwork

Woodwork can retain it's color and washability for 8-15 years depending on the paint and system used. The advantage of using the correct system and quality paint for woodwork is we may repaint walls after 4,6, or 8 years, however most prefer not to repaint woodwork at that time. For a chip resistant finish, woodwork should first be sanded.Priming might be necessary especially when using Eco satin, Hollandlac satin oil enamel or Benjamin Moore latex Satin Impervo.

During the "building boom" many homebuilders in an effort to cut costs allowed inexpensive paint ($18.00 per gallon) to be used on woodwork. Most woodwork was delivered "pre-primed". Often this pre-primed woodwork (trim and doors) is chalky and thinned down primer and was a poor foundation for waterborne or oil enamel paint. In this situation priming with a good quality primer is necessary for Eco or Hollandlac. Woodwork previously painted with oil or good quality waterborne paint will not require priming.

A cost effective option for woodwork in existing homes is spraying. Since 2002 I have sprayed woodwork in existing homes. Furniture is covered with plastic. Carpet, hardwood and tile is covered with tape along the baseboards. Hardwood and tile floors are covered with Red Rosin paper and seams are taped. Carpet is covered with thick plastic. Careful preparation is taken to keep paint off all flooring. Woodwork will have a smooth, sprayed finish. Fumes are rarely a problem. The only exception could be spraying on a high humidity day.

Re-varnishing woodwork: Woodwork is cleaned with denatured alcohol, sanded and 2-3 coats of Eurothane oil or Eurolux waterborne varnish is applied, sanding between each coat. The waterborne and oil varnish are equal in quality and should last at least 10 years. These varnishes give woodwork a rich finish.

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