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How-to prepare Ampersand’s unprimed wood panels with Oil Painting Ground or Acrylic Gesso

Ampersand’s collection of unprimed wood panels, the Natural Wood Panel, Unprimed Basswood and Hardbord are excellent substrates for all types of oil primers and acrylic gesso grounds. When properly sealed, a wood panel is a better painting substrate because it is not as subject to expansion and contraction as it absorbs moisture.

Here are some basic guidelines and tips for properly preparing our unprimed wood panels for use with oil painting grounds and acrylic gesso. For best results, always consult the directions provided with the product you are using in addition to the information provided here.

Instructions for Oil Painting Grounds

Oil painting ground and spatula

Instructions for Acrylic Gesso

Acrylic gesso and paint brush