Before applying paint to any porous surface like wood it is important to use a wood primer as a base coat to prime the surface and get the best results from your topcoat.
Most wood primers available on the market today will stop wood knots from staining through to the topcoat, reducing the amount of maintenance needed around the home. The primer will also ensure your topcoat does not yellow and will enhance its performance by making it tough and durable, so little fingers, toys or keys won't scuff and scratch.
Because primers have a low odour and are quick drying, you should be able to complete this project in a day, and as it gives you a better topcoat performance, you shouldn't need to maintain your wood as much as you may have had to do, if you had use a topcoat solely on its own.
For professional looking results use a good quality brush and take your time.
Before applying it is important that you remove any nails from the wood and cover any furnishings.
Then clean the wooden floor or furniture with a dry cloth. And ensure the wood is free from any dust, dirt or grease.
Make sure you address any imperfections with wood filler before you start painting, to get the best possible results.
Start applying the primer like you would normally apply paint; two coats will be needed for the best performance. The paint should be touch dry in 2 hours and ready to paint over in 6 hours. You can't begin painting the surface unless the primer has dried.
Again, if you do make a mistake, don't panic and take your time.
Once you are happy that your primer has dried, start applying the wood paint in the same way as you have done with the primer. Again the wood paint will need two coats applying and has the same drying times as the wood primer.
Applying the wood primer and wood paint according to this guide will protect your wood for a long time to come.