The most important thing to remember when trying to achieve a great paint finish is prepwork, prepwork, prepwork.

If you are prepping for paintwork on a raw timber product or cladding you need to consider the following things:

  • Gap filling – This is very important if you intend to paint a timber product a light colour as any shadows from natural imperfections, screws heads, nail holes, knots etc will show up very distinctly and will starkly contrast against the lighter colour. Professional advice we have received is that a product like No-more-gaps should be used to fill these natural imperfections prior to priming in order to achieve the best result.
  • Priming – This once again very important when you intend to paint a natural timber product or cladding. Ensure you or your painter use a stain/tannin blocking primer to prevent the natural timber bleeding through and discolouring the new paintwork.
  • Top Coat – now apply 2 top coats in your desired colour. For external surfaces, ensure the paint used is Exterior Grade paint. Dulux have a great range of Exterior Grade paints available at hardware stores.

Not sure how much paint to use? Check out this handy Dulux Paint Calculator.

Simply calculate the total square meterage of the walls you need to paint (width x height), enter it into the calculator – along with the number of doors and windows you need to paint, and it tells you how much paint you need & which types of paint to buy!