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How to prepare interior woodwork for painting :: Posted by: Admin on May 3rd, 2013

How to prepare interior woodwork for painting

Before you begin to paint any wood be it interior or exterior you need to prepare the wood first. Safety first, if your house was build before the mid-1960’s you may well have layers of paint containing lead in it, if this is the case take care, always use a mask. If you suspect you paintwork may contain lead, ask your local paint supplier for a leaflet or go online and download a guide from a paint manufacturer. Most likely it has been painted over now so is less of a problem. If you are stripping the wood back to bare wood, take safety measures. Modern paint does not contain lead.

Safety first

You should always think safety first, apart from the possible lead in paint as mentioned above, you should always wear a mask, you may also wear eye protection and gloves. You should also have good ventilation.

Interior Woodwork Painting

Preparing previously painted wood

It is a good idea to wash dirt and grime off of the woodwork using either warm soapy water or sugar soap. Once you have washed the woodwork down, allow to dry fully. You should then fill any holes and cracks with filler and rub or sand down so it is level and smooth. All woodwork should be rubbed down (abraded) to give the paint a ‘key’ to stick too. Rub down all the woodwork surfaces lightly. If the paint flakes off as you rub down, more than likely the paintwork was not prepared well the time before, you may need to remove this layer.

Once all the washing, filling and rubbing down has been done, remove all dust, this can be done with an old paint brush or ideally removed via a vacuum cleaner to keep the dust circulating to a minimum.

If the wood is to be painted and not stained, you should use a wood primer on any bare wood and filler to seal it, then apply a good coat of undercoat, once this has dried you can give it a light sand to remove any fluff, dirt or grit before top coating.

Finally, now you have prepared the wood you can finish it off with either a satinwood or gloss paint. If you are staining the wood, you wouldn’t use a primer or undercoat, just simply stain the wood until you get the finish you require, at least two coats is normal.

Preparing previously unpainted wood

If you are painting new, previously un-painted wood such a new door, which are widely available in large DIY stores or online from stores, you do not need to wash the wood down.

So for un-painted wood, fill and holes and gaps first and rub the filler down so it is level and smooth. Use a knotting solution to seal any knots in the wood. Allow the knotting solution to dry and then use a wood primer to seal the wood. Once the primer has dried, give it a light rub down to remove any debris. Next, undercoat the wood, you could give it two coats of undercoat to give a better coverage but leave to dry and rub down in between. Once you have rubbed the undercoat down you can finish off with a topcoat.

If you are staining the wood, fill holes with a wood coloured filler and rub it down flat and smooth, then stain the wood until you get the finish you require.

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How to fit a sliding door bolt :: Posted by: Admin on December 2nd, 2012

How to fit a sliding bolt lock

Sliding door bolt locks also known as barrel bolts are a simple way to add a lock to a door, they come in different sizes depending on how big your door is or how strong you want them to be. The all come in different styles such as straight, necked or flat sliding bolts. They are easy to fit. You can also fit padlock bolts that you would typically see on gates and sheds in the same way.

Tools required to fit a sliding bolt

You will need the following tools to fit your bolt:
sliding bolt

  • A sliding bolt set consisting of a sliding bolt and a staple
  • Fixing screws – These normally come with the lock set
  • A Pencil
  • A carpenters try square
  • A Drill
  • A Drill bit to dill pilot holes
  • A Screwdriver or bit for your Drill
  • A chisel
  • A Hammer

Once you have gathered all the tools you require you can start to fit your bolt.

Fitting the bolt

The first job is to decide on the height and placement of your bolt, this could be at the top or bottom of your door for security reasons or in the middle of the door at hand height if it to keep people out such as in a toilet or bathroom.

Once you have decided on the height of the bolt, draw a straight line on the door using a square and pencil.

Now align the edge of the body of the bolt on the line on the door and mark the holes for fixing, making sure the bolt body doesn’t stick out past the door and is flush with the door edge.

Next take your drill and drill bit, making sure the drill bit is slightly smaller than the thickness of the screws you are going to use. Drill small pilot holes in the door to aid screwing in the crews, don’t make the holes too deep, just enough to get the screw started.

You can now screw the bolt body onto the door, at this stage take the staple, which is the part the bolt goes into and the part that is screwed to the door frame, offer the staple up on the door frame, does the frame and architrave need chiselling out?
If you do need to remove some architrave and or frame draw around the staple and chisel out the required amount of wood. If you don’t have to remove any architrave or frame try holding the bolt on the frame and sliding the bolt over, does the bolt go in the staple easily? In some cases you may have to pack the staple with cardboard behind it to allow the bolt to slide into the staple easily. This will depend on if your door is warped or how flush the door has been hung.

Once you have done this you can mark the holes on the door frame for the staple, then drill pilot holes and screw on the staple.

Try the bolt for ease of use, your sliding bolt is now fitted.

Top Tiip

Top Tip: A really good tip to fit the staple to the frame, once the bolt body is fixed to the door hold the staple on the frame, slide the bolt into the staple, leave the bolt in the staple whilst you drill the holes for the staple and screw it to the door frame, this will keep it in-line with the bolt and the bolt will work freely and easily.

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