Painting pine wood - what you have to pay attention to

Many doubt whether you can even paint pine. Basically it works, but you have to pay special attention to a few things. In this post, you will find out what problems painting can cause with pine and how best to fix them.

Problematic properties of pine wood

A very problematic property of pine wood is its high resin content. Pine is one of the most resinous softwoods there is. This creates real problems with any type of surface treatment.

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Which pine wood can you paint??

Basically, you should refrain from painting or glazing pine wood on all pieces that appear particularly resinous. In most cases the result will be less than satisfactory. However, all moderately resinous pieces can usually also be varnished.

Treated pine wood

Like any other wood, pine wood can already have various surface treatments:

  • Painting (old paint)
  • glaze
  • waxed
  • oiled

These surface treatment agents must always be completely sanded off before painting. Especially in the case of waxed or oiled surfaces, the surface has to be removed very far (down to the wood core), as wax (and also oils) penetrate deep under the wood surface and greatly reduce the absorbency of the wood. In this case, you should remove at least 1 mm from the wood surface.

Grind properly

Whenever you are sanding pine, you should always be careful, and be sure to sand it several times. Always start with coarse paper (60 grit) and clean the surface thoroughly after each sanding cycle. It is best to use a microfiber cloth for this. The final sanding can be done with 120 grit sandpaper.

Primer, undercoat, paint

Before painting pine wood, you should definitely paint a suitable primer. After drying, we recommend sanding this primer again with 180 grit sandpaper and thoroughly cleaning the surface. Only then can you paint.

Undercoat and varnish

After that, in most cases, it is advisable to use undercoat before the actual paint comes onto the surface. However, that depends on the paint-primer combination you are using. Always apply lacquer layers very thinly and preferably in several coats. Always sand with 180 grit sandpaper in between. You can either glaze pine wood, or varnish it in color or simply white.

Tips & Tricks Another tried and tested tip is to wash the surface with a brush cleaner or white spirit after sanding. This will also remove some of the resin that has escaped.