1: New wood is often coated with a wax or glaze to protect it during stacking and transportation. You will need to remove this glaze before you paint. Lightly sand the bare wood to remove the mill glaze and open the pores. This will help the paint better adhere to the wood.
2: Remove sanding dust residue with a damp cloth. Let dry completely.
3: Apply a primer before you add the top coat. A quality primer will greatly improve the adhesion and appearance of the top coat paint. Choose a primer that is suitable for bare wood surfaces. We suggest a sandable, water-based primer for latex or oil-based enamel top coats. Learn more about enamel undercoats.
Note: Some woods are known for tannin bleed; tannins are colored materials naturally found in woods, like cedar and redwood. These materials will create a stain that will bleed through the layers of paint, coat after coat. Apply a stain blocking primer to save you time and money.
4: After priming, apply one or two coats of a top quality, 100% acrylic latex paint using a premium quality nylon polyester brush.
5: Always apply the paint in the direction of the wood grain so that you don't overwork the paint.
6: Good quality acrylic paints are high in paint "solids"which help deliver better coverage or "hide" and tend to "self-level" well, or create a smoother finish. Overworking the paint by excessive back or forth brushing will actually serve to inhibit a nice, smooth appearance.