How to Use a DIY Home Improvement Scheme

The most inexpensive way of adding colour and texture to your home is with painting. It is a finishing touch that really brings a room to life and is a lot of fun to do.

The one major problem is that it is not always possible to prepare the surface properly before painting, particularly if the surface has lot of imperfections.

If your windows are looking tired because they have been sun damaged then wood grained paint will hide many of the imperfections. This gives an all over light finish, but there is no gloss.

If the surface does not need a finishing coat, then gloss may be the way to go, if you live in a coastal area where the coating has to be recoated more often.


As with painting any project the preparation work may be the most crucial part. If the surface is not prepared properly there can be disastrous results.

The most logical dry off after painting with a specialist water based undercoat. If not use a specialist gloss or apply a finish that helps highlight the wood grain. I use uns tinted gloss, it brings out the look of the natural wood grain. If you have to use the gloss it needs to be on the same sheen as the other wood work in the room.

If you are in any doubt at all about the results, I would go sore incom && plastic – it works very well, you can get it washed down afterwards in hot water.

Top tip: If you have a cut stain you may need to use a specialist oil based stain to fill the area. You may find that it needs filling more often than a general acrylic wax. You can still use a gloss as the first coat as a starting point.

No matter how many coats you put on there is no absolute guarantee of perfect results but if the job is done right there should be no cause for worry.

White grit

Choose the right grade of fine grained sand paper to give the surface a good scratch. It should also be recommended for use in the three surrounds of the country that I’m painting.

Try to check that the surface is clean. If the woodwork has been treated with any liquid I would be advised to strip them off completely, and then leave them to air dry naturally.

The key thing is to avoid an attempt to paint over a stain because any damage on the surface will show up in the finished product.

If there is a top layer of gloss it will be removed.

Ads using a product like Silca stencil primer will help hide any lingering imperfections and these are many cases the only thing necessary.

Sanding technique

You will need to lightly sand the surface before the paint can be applied.

Leave time for any necessary repairs – It is much easier to apply a second coat and sand slight.

Then roll on your chosen waterproof primer, wearing gloves to protect your hands. This is very important if you have never used primer before before. It just creates a fabric like film on the surface of the wood, but remember sanding may loosen it slightly so be sure to apply little pressure.

Remember sanding, filling, and smoothing. Forget all of them. That is why you paid to hire a professional

A DIY home improvement scheme may in fact cause more trouble than you anticipate. Not taking this into consideration can cost you more money in the long run, and time spent on your project.