How To Get A Smooth Paint Finish On Wood

How to Get a Smooth Paint Finish On Wood


If you work on wood often then there are many things that you need to know in order to achieve a great looking finish product. One of the things that you need to know is how to get a smooth paint finish on wood. Different wood products like trims, cabinets, and other woodwork need to have smooth paint on them.

These woodworks should have no brush marks and globs of paint scattered throughout. If you want to know how it is done then you have to read on this article as we will be showing you how to actually do it.

Materials needed:

  • Sandpaper (120 and 200 grit)
  • Oil-based primer
  • Paint additives
  • High-quality paints
  • Paint strainer
  • Paintbrush


1) Prepare the wood

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The first thing that you need to do is to sand the surface that you will be working on. Sanding bare wood using a sandpaper with a grit of 120 and should not be finer. Sanding will give the primer coat a good surface to stick on to. This will also help in providing that good base to start working on. You need to remember that a good prep job is needed to achieve a great effect.

2) Sand your primer

Sand Your Primer

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Always remember that without a smooth surface then you will never achieve a smooth finish. Some individual does prefer to use an oil-based primer on their woodwork and cabinets. This will help them sand the surface to a super smooth feel before beginning the painting process.

You can use a 200 grit sandpaper or a fine sanding sponge to sand everything down. This should be done once the primer has dried enough and it is able to generate dust when sanded. If the sandpaper is sticking into the surface then it is still not dry enough. See to it that you will be cleaning off any dust once you are done.

3) Use additives

Use Additives

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The next thing that you need to do is to add additives to your paint. This will help in slowing the drying process and will make the paint less gummy. A thinner paint will help in hiding any brush marks. You need to remember that a fast dying paint is not what you need and will not give you that silky smooth finish. You need to look into this one once you have not yet tried using them.

4) Buy the right paint

Buy The Right Paint

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In order to see to it that you will get the right results then you also need to make sure that you will buy the right paint. You need to know that the more you lay for the paint, the more things you will get from it. You need to ensure this one if it is a great result is what you are after.

If you are working on wood then an enamel paint is better. This is because they dry harder than regular paint. Oil-based plains along with water-based options can also be your choice depending on the comfort level that you have.

5) Strain your paint

Strain Your Paint

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If you pour paint for the first time then the first pour is usually clear and is free of any boogers. You need to know though that every pour after that can have globs on it. You will have a hard time seeing them until the time that they are already in your prepared surface. You don’t want to have this one as it can already be too late. You have to use paint strangers to ensure that you will avoid these things.

6) Put it on, leave it alone

Once you have already prepared the paint then it is now time to put it on the surface. Once it has smoothened out, leave it alone. You don’t need to go back and paint relentlessly. The faster you are able to get the surface covered, the more time the paint will smith out as it dries. You also don’t need to go back and mess with drips that you will notice while the paint is drying. You can always fix it later with the next coat.

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If you do want to achieve a smooth paint fish on your woodwork then you have to make sure that you will be following these steps. Even trying one of these steps will help you yield better results. Following all of it will give you amazing results.

Always remember though that in order to make things right all the time then you always have to practice. If you are not able to get it on your fits try then don’t get frustrated as everything needs time for it to be perfect.