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Paint projects like a pro


Surface preparation is everything
Surface preparation is everything

Paint telegraphs wood's surface imperfections, so plan to spend the bulk of your finishing time patching problem areas.

To prepare the wood for paint, sand to 150 grit using separate blocks for flat and contoured areas, as shown. The primer you'll apply in the next step fills the sanding scratches. After you sand the flat surfaces, use 150-grit abrasive to lightly round over the sharp edges. (Paint won't stick to sharp edges, leading to premature wear.) Fill defects with vinyl putty, sand them smooth when dry, and then remove all surface dust using a vacuum or tack rag.

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