How to Paint: Bare Timber

What is bare timber?

Bare timber is any natural timber that gets used in interior and exterior projects. It can be used in construction, furniture and at home DIY projects. As timber is naturally very absorbent, it has a tendency to suck moisture into the substrate therefore it is imperative to correctly seal the surface. Timber also contains natural oil and tannins which, if not sealed properly, can leach through the paint layers.

How should I prepare bare timber?

Sand the bare timber with 120 to 240 grit sandpaper. If the timber has been exposed to the elements, and is grey or weathered make sure you sand back the weathered timber as this can cause peeling and flaking down the track.  Fill any nail holes, cracks or imperfections with a suitable filler to ensure a smooth surface before wiping away and loose dust.

HOT TIP: if you’ve used nails in your bare timber, punch the nails at least 3mm below the surface and fill the holes prior to completing your project. This will leave your finished product free of any visible traces of nails!

What prepcoat should I use?

Bare timber requires one coat of a quality stain-blocking primer sealer undercoat. We recommend using Berger Triple Prep or Dulux 1-Step Primer Sealer Undercoat. For tannin-rich timbers such as merbau, cedar and jarrah, an oil-based prepcoat is recommended.

Choosing the right Topcoat

Bare timber is an easy substrate to work with, and both water-based (acrylic) and oil-based (enamel) topcoats are fine to use. Two coats of a quality topcoat such as Berger Door & Trim or Dulux Aquanamel will do the job! An acrylic topcoat is the best choice for use on exterior timber trims.

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