Sketch wooden beams inside without risk


At the heart of the painting of wooden beams inside is the sanitary safety of the used colors and primer. If no opaque color is required, oiling or waxing should always be considered as an alternative. Depending on your personal taste, a white coating can also be replaced by limescale.

Paints always contain solvents

If you want to delete beams that are in the interior and living area, should be based on the procedures that are common when painting furniture. Water-soluble furniture resurfaces have the advantage of preserving the breathability of the wooden beams. If a wooden beam is to be painted white or painted with a covering color, it must always be assumed that there are solvent emissions.

Solvent-free glazes based on vegetable or beeswax are available from ecologically oriented manufacturers. However, the offer is limited for technical reasons in color selection and coverage. An opaque high-gloss finish with solvent-based paints produces a more homogeneous coating result.

Biological priming and brushing methods

Through a thorough and proper pre-treatment many shades and surface textures can be produced without the use of solvent-based paints.

As priming works are eligible:

  • Abrading layer by layer
  • to brush
  • Cover resin stains with shellac
  • Layerwise apply primer oils such as linseed oil
  • Incorporate hard waxes layer by layer and regrind each one

As transparent and opaque surfaces come into question:

  • Glazes based on wax
  • lime paste
  • Hard and normal waxes (eg parquet wax)
  • Wood oils (eg furniture oils or linseed oil paints)
  • Water-based home glazes

The result and the durability of the painting for wooden beams in the interior also depends heavily on the room climate and the order quality. Generally, the rule of thumb is that many thin spreading steps are preferable to less thicker layers. The room temperature and humidity during processing should always be adhered to according to the manufacturer's instructions.

By no means and never should wooden beams in the interior and living areas be treated with paints and primers that are offered for outdoor use. Persistent exhalations can lead to serious damage to health, the symptoms of which sometimes only appear after years.

Tips & Tricks

If you want to paint wooden beams inside and at the same time apply a remedy for woodworm, you can work with the epoxy resin, which is actually known from putty work. It can be applied liquefied and forms after drying a durable coating substrate. The epoxy resin must be allowed to dry out for a long time, usually at least several days, before it loses its vapor.


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