What should you know about painting a wooden pallet?

How do you do the finishing paint part?

Everyone is going to want a project to look completely different to everyone else’s. How can you achieve this? Different paint colours. Different shape and sized projects etc. There are so many creative things you can make with wooden pallets!

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One of the most important things you most definitely want to consider is getting rid of any nails and sanding the wood down to avoid any splinters. You may also want to sand it down enough to get rid of the roughness but not too much as sometimes a rough look can be quite effective. After sanding your wood make sure to remove all dust with a wet cloth because the last thing you want is to paint, let It dry then realise it’s got dust stuck to it.

Have you ever created a masterpiece that you were amazed by but then thought to yourself, ‘how do I paint this?’. I think all of us at some point have had this problem and started to panic about how do I create the finishing look or will I ruin my project if I use this wax etc. Don’t worry as there are some brilliant tips in the article below.

A good vintage look is easy really! Prep your wood and then paint it, wait for it to dry a little and then sand it over but only lightly. This effect looks amazing! This can be used for a shabby chic look but you can add lettering to it and make it look vintage. So many ideas and things you can do with wooden pallets and some paint. Have you read this article below full of tips?


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Every pallet is unique, and if you are using several ones, they may not take the paint the same way!

  1. You’ll ease your work if you sand the wood completely so that rough surface becomes little smooth and rough spots are off. But do not sand it too much as the roughness helps add to the character
  2. After sanding, remove all the dust with a damp washcloth. You can also use TSP, but I usually just use a wet washcloth. Clean the wood thoroughly to make sure the paint will adhere to the wood.
  3. To paint it, we usually recommend the “chip brush” as it’s cheap (you can find plenty of them).
  4. Since pallets are likely to be porous, that can give your paint job a very uneven finish. I would recommend priming your wood before painting.
  5. If you are going for a rustic, aged look, then, you could probably get away with skipping the primer.
  6. If you want to paint several colors with the same brush, always start with the lightest colors! But be aware some colors don’t blend well. In this case, use a new brush.
  7. The number of layers depends on how you want your pallet to be. You can apply between 1 and 4. It’s recommended to wait for the first one to be dry before starting the following layer, but we are all impatient, and sometimes, I start while the previous layer is not completely dry –> feeling is essential.
  8. If you want a vintage look (see pic above), you can apply only one layer, and then sand the wood again. You can also imagine mixing colors – usually bright ones (one layer of each), before sanding it again (sometimes a lot, sometimes a little), always depending on your feeling and on the final look you want.
  9. If you want a plain look (see pic above) then you may use several paint layers, avoiding to sand it again.
  10. An 80-grid sandpaper is suitable for all type of uses.
  11. For the type of paint, then it depends on, I’m not focused on a paint (latex paint, acrylic paint, etc.). I also like to try new ones, and at times I can also mix colors.
  12. Once you sanded (after painting it), if you want the color to last longer, then stain it or wax it. You can find a complete set of stain in DIY stores. You can use a chip brush too, and you can make it last if you brush it off on a rag after use.
  13. Most of the pallet wood takes the stain dark, so I don’t recommend the Dark Walnut stain, and usually prefer brighter ones.
  14. Stain the entire pallet furniture/creation.
  15. After putting on the stain, wipe it off (with a piece of an old t-shirt in my case).
  16. Use a layer of bright finish or polish to make it shine (not necessary, but recommended if for an outdoor piece).


Full article here: http://www.1001pallets.com/17-things-you-need-to-know-before-painting-a-wooden-pallet/

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