Tips and Tricks for Painting Woodworking Projects

Tips and Tricks for Painting Woodworking Projects

These 7 painting tips will help you get a professional quality finish on your furniture and other woodworking projects. Getting a perfect finish when painting can be hard to achieve but these tips and tricks will help! Amazon and other affiliate links are used in this description to help support this channel.

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0:00 Prep Surface for Paint
0:30 Use Quality Paints
1:30 Use Primer Before Painting
2:11 Should You Thin Your Paint?
2:38 Use Quality Brushes For Better Results
3:01 Sand Between Paint Coats
4:47 Can You Put Polyurethane Over Paint?
5:15 Outro


  1. Corey Hitchings on January 12, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Do all of these tips apply to both painting AND staining? Or are they different?

    I’m new to woodworking and dislike the finishing part of my builds. Just built my first piece of furniture (an end table) and probably made some mistakes. Used 800 grit sand paper. Used oil based conditioner, stain, and poly. And did not sand between coats.

  2. Brandon Crockett on January 12, 2022 at 8:55 pm


  3. Paula Bhatt on January 12, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    How do u clean your brushes after wards ⁉️

  4. Nicholas Guerentz on January 12, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Are you able to do YouTube full time?

  5. Cheslee Studio on January 12, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve been hesitant to paint outside with a sprayer due to the wind and how humid it gets at night… I made a sad excuse for a paint booth in my garage but it’s way to small and I need some shelves so I can paint multiple items at the same time… Any one have any tips or pics so this doesn’t overtake my garage/work space??

  6. bbest8 on January 12, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Always great info…Thanks Matt! 👊

  7. Chris Rodriguez on January 12, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Tack cloth might work too. Getting that excess dust or particles off before the final paint job

  8. Jake Stooksbury on January 12, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Nice video! God bless you and your family

  9. Matt Brumm on January 12, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    The quality of picture and editing on this video was awesome. Keep it up 731!

  10. Paula Bhatt on January 12, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Wow very informative I’m actually going to finish a porch sign 🪧 Tom and was wondering what kind of a FINISH to use thank you 😊

  11. Christine Hart on January 12, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    You often get what you pay for in quality finishes. Lessons learned the hard way for many!!! Thanks for letting them know that truth.!

  12. Matthew Roussel on January 12, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I have used Floetrol since the 80’s best kept secret in painting. If you are using oil based use Penetrol. It will make a decent painter look like a genius. You are absolutely right about using high quality paints. My favorite primer is Zinnsensir BIN it will stick to anything.

  13. 613 Custom Creations on January 12, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Matt. What model is your Homeright paint sprayer??? Do you thin your oil based paints at all?

  14. Dale Knapp on January 12, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Great advice Matt! Don’t cheap out on your finishes! We appreciate your business!! SHERWIN WILLIAMS/MONTICELLO, AR

  15. PriceMillWoodworks on January 12, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Matt awesome video yet again!!! Check out valspar furniture paint it is my go to paint for my projects!!! No brush marks and easy to spray too!!!

  16. Taylor Fenimore on January 12, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Can you do a part 2 video on cleanup after painting? I always seem to make a big mess!

  17. Ethan Sullivan on January 12, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Do you like primer paint combos that’s already mixed together? First time painting and I picked out the behr paint primer mix. Thought it turned out well, just wish I had a paint sprayer

  18. Jason Williams on January 12, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Two other good primers that block the tannins in knots are Zinnser BIN and Zinnser Bullseye 123. The BIN is amazing stuff but it dries incredibly fast and cleans up with ammonia. The Bullseye is latex (water-based) so it dries slower but has worked well for me also. Those might be a little easier to get than Sherwin Williams. Not sure how they compare cost-wise.

  19. John on January 12, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Is there a 731 Dictionary?

  20. Nikki Vi on January 12, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Matt, thanks for your tips. The 1 question I have is how to get a great finish on oil based stain furniture.

  21. Jeremy Parker on January 12, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    In my experience polycrylic will yellow as well, just not as bad as polyurethane

  22. Brad Fisher on January 12, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Can I use this technique for cabinets? Should I do clear coat on them?

  23. Luke Morrison on January 12, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve been repainting a good bit of furniture lately and finally got the Homeright sprayer based on your recommendation. I should have had it from the start! Hours of painting becomes minutes with this thing. Thank you for the tips and all the time you’ve saved me!

  24. Dustin Boettcher on January 12, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    By any chance are you related to Jeff Outlaw?

  25. ALEXatATLANTIS on January 12, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    This question has nothing to do with painting but I was wondering, how long does it take you to make a relatively simple coffee table? A day? Three days? A week?

  26. Jason Sheets on January 12, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Good information will def help finish up some projects thank you!

  27. GRAND LEGACY WOODWORKING on January 12, 2022 at 9:22 pm


  28. Brian McCarthy on January 12, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    How many middle names do you have Clamps?!? Seriously though, I’m surprised you didn’t mention General Finishes High Performance for the water based poly. I know they are not as easy to come by as Varathane and Minwax at HD and Lowes, but you can always get it on Amazon and some local places, and it is a fantastic product as you well know. Just wanted to plug it again here. Keep up the great work brother!

  29. Patrick Dukeshire on January 12, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Awesome, thanks. I feel I’m terrible at staining and painting. Your tips are helping me out. Love watching your videos. Keep it up!!😊

  30. MR ZACAT3TAS M3XXXICO on January 12, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for the great tips, Q? Need to flip a cabinet door over & putty etc handle holes, then follow your steps on painting ivory white from sherwin with a sprayer.Whats the longest lasting strongest bond putty to cover up those small holes?✌👽💓

  31. Chris Nash on January 12, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Never use Valspar! Crap paint!

  32. Ozuna’s Woodworks on January 12, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    For you personally Have you sprayed polyurethane? Or do you only brush it on?

  33. Wisconsin Woodsman on January 12, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    If I decide to go with a modern version of the chunky farm house coffee table by not sanding the painted frame, would I just swap out the Krylon spray paint with primer? Thanks, brother.

  34. S O'Brien on January 12, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Wow, epic videos. Just have spent past 4 hours watching them, very interesting and informative.
    Question, what type of wood do you use for most of your furniture?

  35. Dexter Butler on January 12, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Great video as always. I’ve always sanded to 240 and hate sanding. Happy to know I can back off some.

  36. Chris Buff on January 12, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    The finish is always in the prep.

  37. Christopher Noble on January 12, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Hey Matt, I worked for Sherwin Williams for 10 year. I was making the pro classic paint. Expensive but worth it. It self levels when brushed on and looks like glass when dry. The grit on the surface is calcium carbonate or talc that makes the paint adhere to the surface. Like you said very fine grit to smooth it out

  38. Paul Anderson on January 12, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Hey Matt- I am planning to tint the primer with a dark color and I want to distress my top coat so that the dark bleeds through. Any tips to still get that "butter smooth finish"? Don’t normally use poly over paint. Maybe in this instance? Thoughts?

  39. Danny Green on January 12, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Matt have you used the Graco truecoat 360? And if so what did you think about it?

  40. Murray Woodcraft on January 12, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Just in time I’m starting paint on my kitchen doors today

  41. Karee G on January 12, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Painting and stain is my favorite part of my builds..premium paints are worth it ..always enjoy tips on finishing 🎨🖌

  42. Goods Custom Furniture on January 12, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Hello Matt. Thank you for all your great advice. I hope you have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! 😀

  43. Joe Burroughs on January 12, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    I read a lot of i hate painting, I hate sanding, and I get it. It’s a tedious part of the process, just think did God say I hate planting trees, or I hate putting sand on beaches, or maybe he said if I have to pick the color of one more flower. I’m sure he did not, just a different way to look at this step and try to find joy in all you do. Shalom.

  44. Nathan Jones on January 12, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Great tips. Haven’t really thought about finishes that way before except when we built a pinewood derby track, which we had a guy who painted cars actually painted it and sealed it.

  45. Jeremy Parker on January 12, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    My mom uses Floetrol when she does poured paint projects. It’s big in the crafting community.

  46. Chris Nash on January 12, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Ever consider using a Graco sprayer?

  47. Felix Noble on January 12, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Matt, I was wondering if you think that a primer coat is still needed when using paint like BEHR Paint & Primer, or is it safe to just use Paint & Primer only?

  48. 731 Woodworks on January 12, 2022 at 9:51 pm

  49. Russ Martin on January 12, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Wooster also makes the best foam paint brush. Far outlasts anything else and produces a flawless finish. Foam King

  50. Matt Gillette on January 12, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I’m confused about how you say you don’t thin, but then give some examples of how to make it thin so it lays flat? Curious why you mentioned that?

    Real question, not bring sarcastic – I’m a beginner! 😁