Do you paint wood with or against the grain?

Don’t load too much paint on the brush. Brush with the grain, in complete strokes, from edge to edge, where possible. Brush in only one direction. Light strokes help eliminate the appearance of brush strokes, so don’t exert too much pressure.

Can I paint wood with oil paint?

Oil, acrylic and mixed media paints can all be painted onto wood. But you must make sure you prepare your surface before you begin.

How do you prepare wood for oil painting?

A general rule is to apply at least two coats of sealer directly onto the raw wood to protect the wood. Then over these sealer layers when dry, apply primer to (1) enhance adhesion (2) return tooth to the surface, and (3) whiten the surface for optimizing paint colors applied over it.

Is there paint that looks like wood?

Choose a low-luster latex paint that matches the undertones of the type of wood you want your project to mimic. For example, if you want the surface to bear resemblance to mahogany, opt for coral or dark red. For lighter woods like walnut or maple, select a shade of gold or orange.

Should you paint with the grain?

It’s common to be instructed to apply a finish in the direction of the grain, called “with the grain.” Doing this is usually best when brushing a finish, but it’s rarely necessary when wiping or spraying a finish.

How do you paint against the grain?

  1. Brush on your first layer of paint on your piece, covering the entire surface.
  2. Follow the grain or paint following the longest edges. Based on the existing paint color or surface, you might want to let some of it show through to add to the overall effect.

How do you paint wood projects?


  1. Cover Your Work Surface. Drape plastic sheeting over the floor or other work surface to protect it from paint spills.
  2. Clean the Wood Surfaces.
  3. Sand the Flat Areas.
  4. Sand the Corners and Details.
  5. Clean Off the Dust.
  6. Prime the Wood.
  7. Apply Primer With a Roller (optional)
  8. Sand the Primer.