Painting wood white and how to get the perfect finish

White paint pot and brush painting wood white
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You might think that painting wood white is simple and straightforward and it can be, but you need to make sure that you get all parts of your prep and painting right to get a long-lasting finish. Miss out on any of the essential steps and your beautiful white paint could soon be a pale shadow of its former self. 

While painting wood white is a very similar process to painting wood, there are a few subtle differences that need to be followed. White paint is far more likely to show any discoloration and imperfections – such as chipped paint on skirting boards – than darker colours, so it's important that you do the job right, as we show you here. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.