A DIY guide to spray painting wood for a smooth, professional finish

Close up of spray gun painting wood door white
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There’s an art to spray painting wood and done correctly this technique will give you impressive results. Spray painting is perfect for achieving a professional finish on your kitchen cabinets, doors, windows and wooden furniture.

Whether you’re spray painting natural woods or processed woods, like all painting wood projects, you need to get your prep right. Don’t, and that super, smooth finish will be a dream.

But it's not just the preparation that needs to be right, your technique wants to be consistent and assured. So you might want to do a few practice runs after reading this guide to hone your skills before you dive in on your next project.  

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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.