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Satin wood paint. Help for a beginner decorated!

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Liesmyparentstoldme Tue 03-Apr-18 15:30:33

I've recently moved house, everywhere needs decorating. After some googling I've decided I want to use satin wood on all the wood areas.

At the moment all the wood bits are a faded yellow gloss. I'm a complete decorating beginner!

To repaint them do I need to sandpaper them first? Will I need an undercoat of something before satin wood as well? Also could anyone recommend any particular brands etc that worked well, good coverage etc

Thank you

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Liesmyparentstoldme Tue 03-Apr-18 15:31:37


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user1484313858 Tue 03-Apr-18 15:43:18

Wash down the woodwork with soapy water to remove any grease/dirt etc, and then give it a decent sanding with a medium grade sand paper. You don't need to remove the existing (unless it's really thick/clumpy/drippy etc) but you want a nice rough 'key' for your new paint to stick to. Satinwood does not require separate undercoat generally but I know this differs between water-based and solvent based varieties, so check.

My advice would be to buy a proper brand of paint such as Dulux Trade or Crown - they are considerably more expensive than Homebase own brand or whatever, but the difference in quality is massive. Same goes for emulsion etc.

BeyondThePage Tue 03-Apr-18 15:48:08

as user says clean it, sand it, and use a good one - we prefer Crown, goes on "nicer" with a paint pad than Dulux and stays REALLY white for years.

gwenlar Tue 03-Apr-18 16:04:19

If the current gloss is quite yellow I would still give it an undercoat before using your satinwood even if it states that you don't have to as it will provide better coverage for your top coat and will do no harm. I always use a water based undercoat as it drys quicker. If you go to a decorator centre they will be able to advise you of a good alternative to the top brand names which might work out cheaper.

DerelictWreck Tue 03-Apr-18 16:43:25

Absolutely do what user said, and then yes I would use a primer. I didn't think I would need one on my yellowed gloss so just washed, sanded and painted in white Satin wood. A few weeks later I put my hand against the door to open it and now have a handprint of yellow gloss on my door where the satin wood lifted off! It's a little extra work but is much better than potentially having to redo it all if it lifts.

Liesmyparentstoldme Tue 03-Apr-18 16:43:35

Thanks for the advice, all really helpful stuff! smile

will the undercoat paint, be called something obvious? Like undercoat paint for wood grin

Also, what is a paint pad? Should that be used instead of a brush.

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Liesmyparentstoldme Tue 03-Apr-18 16:45:53

@DerelictWreck oh no how annoying! How come it lifted? Was it the lack of primer/undercoat.

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BeyondThePage Tue 03-Apr-18 16:54:39

I prefer a paint pad, just a flat pad on a stick - like a brush, but a pad - you spread the paint and it does not leave brush marks - I like the smooth finish.

You get large ones to do walls/emulsion - really easy, and smaller ones for woodwork.

DerelictWreck Tue 03-Apr-18 17:29:31

lies I assume that’s why yes, as it’s hard to get any paint to stick to gloss. That’s why the sanding element is important; it roughs up the old paint to give the new paint something to grip onto

Liesmyparentstoldme Tue 03-Apr-18 19:41:52

@BeyondThePage Thanks! I hadn't heard of them before smile

@DerelictWreck Oh oK. I understand.

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