Preparing Woodwork for Painting

Starting by painting on a few light coats of knotting solution is preferable if your dado rails is bare wood. For a time between coats follow the instruction on the can. Specialist wood fillers can be used to fill any holes, imperfections in the wood or cracks in the dado rails. Therefore subsequent coats of topcoat and undercoat can stick on such a surface. For painted wood, this can be stripped away using a heat gun especially in paintwork that is in poor condition. The surface is returned back to bare wood. A simple sanding with sandpaper can be done on paintwork with only minor blemishes. Removing any imperfections, shining finish of existing paint and giving a key that assists the dado rail paint to stick are the main aims of using a sand paper. After using a sand paper you can use a sanding dust and allow it to dry or use a damp cloth to remove grime. Before you start painting the dado rail it is important to first remove the carpet since painting while is still on the floor is difficult.


When painting dado rails undercoat is essential since it gives it a more dense and clear color when finished. You will need either three, two or one coat of rail that was already painted suppose you are dealing with a bare wood. It is important to apply light coats and work with the grain.


A specialist is not really needed in painting the top coat. Depending on your preferred finish interior wood paint can either be satin, eggshell or gloss. In order to avoid unsightly drips work with the grain and start working at the top and go downward. Keep the coat light in spite of the temptation to slap it in thickly when glossing dado rail.