Tips on Painting Pine


Pine is a wood that is used for many construction projects in walls, floors and furniture. Painting pine can seem like a delicate task because it tends to have knots that bleed through the painted surface over time. A few tips on preparing the wall prior to painting will help avoid bleeding and create the painted surface and look you desire.

Preparing the Wood

  • Preparing pine for painting may be the most important aspect to create a well-painted surface. Pine needs to be clean prior to adding any primers or paint. Wash the wood with warm water and a strong cleaner. Wipe the wood down with a clean cloth after washing. If there are any finishes on the wood, lightly sand the surface, clean and vacuum away any dust. This will create the best surface to allow the primer and paint to adhere.


  • Pine wood must be primed to paint the wood successfully. Pine contains lots of resin and sap and will begin to bleed through paint within just a few weeks. Use a oil-based primer to coat the wood. The first coat may not look like it has been covered evenly. This is OK. Add a second layer of primer to give the pine a more covered look.


  • Let the primer cure for at least 24 hours prior to applying paint. This will allow the oil in the primer to work its way into the wood. The pine already has lots of oils and sap so it will not absorb the primer quickly. The longer you can let the primer set and cure the better for the paint. If another coat of primer is required, add it and let it cure again.


  • Select either an oil-based or latex-based interior paint to meet your desired look. The pine will require at least two coats. Let the previous coat of paint dry completely before adding another layer. Use even and long brush strokes when applying the paint. Add additional layers of paint until you are satisfied with the coverage on the wood.

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