Do you have to sand wood before you paint it; which is the best paint

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  • Karen Tokarse Karen Tokarse on Dec 02, 2017
    No, you do not have to sand -- especially if you don't want the paint to stick.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 02, 2017
    Unless, it's already been sanded, yes you should sand it until it is smooth. Start with a lower number sand paper then work up to a higher number depending on how smooth you want the wood. For me, that means at least 120 or 160. As to paint, that's a personal decision based on your final use. Start with a good primer like Kilz or Zinsser. The final choice for color and sheen is your choice. I've always used Behr or Dutch Boy brand because those are available locally and affordable for my budget . But if you want high end you should look at Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore. Wishing you the best!

  • Eileen Eileen on Dec 02, 2017
    yes sand the wood first. Make sure it is clean before you paint. The best paint I have found is Farrow and Ball. It has a Matt chalky finish. Looks good.

  • Sono Arima Sono Arima on Dec 02, 2017
    If you do not fine sand wood before painting, the wood fibers will expand and stand up once they are moistened by the wet paint, drying to a mildly bumpy, non smooth finish. If you are planning to paint interior furniture you really should sand and then prime the wood for the best finish.

  • Babalu Babalu on Dec 02, 2017
    It's not always necessary to sand wood before painting if you're talking about new, bare wood, that has never been painted or treated with stains/preservatives, but it does need to be very clean if you want the paint to adhere. The best paint would be based on whether your talking interior or exterior, but latex paint has always been my favorite whether inside or out. Oil based paints can be difficult to apply (unless you're very experienced) and they also take much longer to dry.
    If the wood has already been painted, then the new paint could easily crack or peel off unless it's both thoroughly cleaned and given at least a light sanding (enough to give the new coat of paint a surface to adhere too).. the sanding is essential if you're painting over any type of gloss paint. If painting over flat paint, just clean it well but there's no need to sand.