How to Paint Ash Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • 150-grit sandpaper

  • Tack cloth

  • Hand vacuum

  • Latex primer

  • Latex-based paint

  • 2 paint brushes

  • 2 paint rollers

Ash wood is a hard wood that is used for a variety of purposes. It is used to make furniture, baseball bats and hardwood flooring. Ash wood has a pronounced and open grain and is durable and flexible. Ash wood, like other hardwoods, can be painted with a latex-based paint. You will need to prepare the wood carefully to be painted to ensure that the finish holds up for years to come. Once the wood is prepped, you can paint the wood with your choice of latex-based paint.


Step 1

Sand the wood surface to be coated with 150-grit sandpaper. The surface should feel smooth and free of any rough patches.

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Step 2

Use a hand vacuum to clear the area of any sawdust. Wipe wood surface down with a tack cloth to remove any residual sawdust.


Step 3

Apply a high-quality water-based primer to the surface of the wood to be painted. Allow primer to dry to the touch, usually taking one to two hours. Use a brush or a roller, depending on how big the area to be painted is.

Step 4

Apply coat of latex-based paint. Apply the paint in even, smooth strokes in the direction of the wood grain to avoid brush marks. Allow the paint to dry four to five hours, depending on the brand of paint that you are using.

Step 5

Apply a second coat of paint. This will ensure consistent and even coverage. Allow the paint to dry four to five hours.


If you are using a dark-colored paint, you may want to use a tinted primer to ensure even coverage and to avoid having to do a third topcoat.


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