Georgian Panelling Preparation and Painting – First new Paint

By Andy the stuff doer

Georgian Panelling Preparation and Painting – First new Paint

OK  not so much to the actual painting,  it’s the preparation and restoration of the Georgian? panelling that has been far more interesting.

I’ve been working on  preparing this section of panelling as a relatively quiet job in the evenings for months.  It would have been easier to rip it out and start again but with time and patience it’s great to be able to save something with this much character.

repaired and restored wooden panelling

After all the repairs and restoration the wall is solid

It was probably put in as a reclaimed wall some time well over 100 years in the past,  cobbled together from whatever pieces  where available:  Rough saws timber over the doors, two sections of frame and panel at the side of kitchen door (one panel missing and frame falling apart), the center section vertical panels with dodgy tongue and groove.  All in all it needed a lot doing to it to replace missing and rotten sections, stabilise it and make good the surface for painting.  To finish it off I added a piece (must have name) at the top that fitted around the beams.

Panelled wooden wall repair detail

Reclaimed pieces used to replace missing sections

All the holes were filled,  the now stable panel joints corked, and the whole lot hand sanded so the grain and aged surface would still be visible after painting.

The primer / undercoat is “hard to find” oil based paint, the theory being it’s more easily reversible than water based primers.  The final finish will be an off white oil based gloss.  The painting was a job for the other half so I could crack on with preparing the doors.

Painted restored panelling

With a first coat of paint it all comes together

4 Responses to “Georgian Panelling Preparation and Painting – First new Paint”

  1. Benjamin Daniel Hall on October 4th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I was blown away from your first video. I would love to have seen this on an episode of Restoration Home. We have nothing like this of course, in the US. Please keep sharing video.

  2. Thanks Benjamin, It’s time I did another “walk through” video. I’m getting a bit behind on recording progress, I could do with a production crew to keep up with it all. I’ll get to it as soon as I can.

  3. Hi
    Fantastic website, I really admire the amount of effort you’re willing to put into sharing all you ideas and tips.
    I was just confused with the phrase ‘more easily reversible’ with regard to the oil based primer. I tend to use water based paint for everything I do (quicker drying and easier on the environment) so I’m interested to hear a counter argument.
    I’m very jealous of your wood, owning a bit of woodland is one of my many dreams!

  4. Hi Ben,
    Thanks for the comments. Regarding oil based paints verses acrylic being “more easily reversible”. I’ve found stripping acrylic paints a difficult process that involves a lot of sanding where as oil paints can be stripped with a hot air gun or chemical strippers. So it’s choice I’ve made for going on the old timber that someone might chose to strip sometime in the future. On new timber I’ve not got a problem with using acrylic primer/undercoat it does save some time. The environmental point is open for discussion, low VOC at the point of application doesn’t mean the original production has low impact. I find oil paints are still tougher than the alternatives so if it lasts longer before needing another coat the Low VOC benefit could be wiped out. Compared to our general consumption of plastics and fossil fuels there are many more effective ways to be easier on the environment.
    As for the woodland, I’m currently dreaming of getting the cottage finished so I can spend more time there. It’s where I recharge as well as pleasure (and a source of renewable fuel). It’s where I’ll be when I’ve retired from the day job.

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