Do It Yourself

Working with Your Heritage Profile


Before you start, make sure you have all of the tools necessary to complete the job. Below is a checklist of items you might need:

  • Hammer
  • Nail Punch
  • Coping Saw
  • Drill
  • Mitre Box
  • Screws
  • Dust Mask
  • Sandpaper #320 and higher
  • Safety Glasses
  • Tape Measure
  • Liquid Nails
  • Wood Filler
  • Hand Saw
  • Nails


It is recommended, as with many timber applications, that when cutting or sawing your profile, a dust mask be used to prevent dust inhalation, and safety glasses be used to protect the eyes.  Please always practice safety when doing projects.

Using Screws

Pre-drilling is recommended for best result. Drill pilot holes 85-90% of the diameter of the screw used, and at least as deep as the screw length. Do not rely solely on the screws for fastening strength. Combining glue with screws will provide a strong and simple joint. For 6g screws, be at least 13mm from the edge; for 8g screws, be at least 18mm from the edge; for 10g screws, be at least 25mm from the edge.

Using Nails

Pre-drill the material before hammering the nails in. For best results it is helpful to add adhesive to the joint prior to assembly. Use ring-shank nails to avoid fibre raising around the nail head. Do not use smooth nails. For 6g nails, be at least 13mm from the edge; for 8g nails, be at least 18mm from the edge; for 10g nails, be at least 25mm from the edge.


Push the nail in further below the surface of the board by using a nail punch. Screws can be driven further past the surface of the board. Fill all nail and screw holes with a proprietary plastic wood putty. Check the material for imperfections. Match and blend colours as required to suit. Lightly sand with at least 320 grit paper.

Priming & Painting

Consult with your local paint shop experts to get the appropriate paint for your project.

Your architrave, skirting or moulding comes out of the factory in its raw machined form. Depending on how you order it, it will be either RAW (un-sanded and un-primed), or PRIMED. The purpose of priming is to provide a key so the paint can form a bond with the material’s surface. Primed material also needs sanding before any painting.

As with standard trade practice, sanding the material before commencing any painting or priming is good practice to ensure a quality finish. Special attention to sanding edges gives excellent results. This will eliminate high spots and ridges showing. You might also want to lightly sand the edges or any “sharp” points of the architrave or skirting. Slightly rounding the edges helps to protect the corners and edges from chipping easily.

Check the material for imperfections. You will need to apply at least one coat of primer to the back and at least two coats on the face and edges, and then at least two top coats of paint in your desired colour.  You can either spray or brush on the initial coat while carefully following the paint manufacturer’s instructions. First coat primer/undercoat is critical to the final finish.

Apply second and third coats or additional coats as required. A light sand using at least 320 grit paper is recommended after the first coat and between subsequent coats. Using a finer grit paper produces a better result. For best results application of three coats is recommended. Always sand in between coats.

Sanding with at least three grades of paper - 320, 400, 800 or even higher, will help achieve a superior result. More effort taken to prepare the surfaces (before the undercoat/primer and in between coats) will get the surfaces perfect.

Following the paint manufacturer’s instructions will ensure that your Heritage Profiles & Mouldings profile will maintain its shape over the years.

Finishing Up

Once your project is complete, be sure to clear away any remaining dust by vacuuming or wet-sweeping.


For your health and safety, all building work must be done in accordance with safe work practices.