Today, you’ll learn how to paint furniture using three different types of paint: acrylic, spray and oil-based.
Acrylic paint is great for painting on wood because it is inexpensive and easy to clean up since it is water-based.
Start by sanding the furniture to remove the current finish and create a fresh surface that paint can adhere to. Give your piece a good cleaning with a damp rag to remove dust. Priming is the next and necessary step and well worth the time to have paint that doesn’t chip or peel. Use a foam roller to apply paint for a smoother look. Seal the paint with a polycrylic protective finish to withstand time and wear and tear.
Spray paint is a quick and easy way to get the job done. It offers coverage without brush strokes and is so easy to clean up. Also, since spray paint is typically oil-based, it adheres well to most surfaces. It dries fast and is durable. Only down sides are that spray paints are expensive and need warmer temperatures to work correctly.
Choose a well ventilated area. Try using your garage with the garage door open. Use an old, large cloth to cover and protect the floor. Wear a mask. To prep, shake your can for several minutes. Aim the can away from the item you’re painting, push down on the nozzle and start spraying. The first spray out of the can will splatter. Move the paint stream to your item, keeping it about 8 inches away. Move back and forth in smooth rapid motion painting light coats. It’s easy to overspray, so work fast. Continue painting coats after the previous one has dried so give breaks between coats.
Do this until you have complete coverage.
You can add a top coat if you want a sheen. This also adds a layer of durability but generally spray paint holds up well on its own.
Oil-based paint is very durable because of its hard shell. Its beautiful glossy finish adheres well to most surfaces.
The only down side is that oil-based paint is hard to clean up since it is not water-based. However, it does provide a beautiful and very strong finish.
Sanding before painting is always a good idea. Clean your furniture with a damp rag after you have finished sanding. The next logical step is to prime the furniture. This takes long but is well worth your time and energy to have a piece that doesn’t chip or peel.
You can use a water based or oil based primer. Keep in mind that oil-based paint will take a while to dry. Use a foam roller for a smooth look and a brush for a more rustic look. Seal oil-based paint with an oil-based finish.
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