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Things You Must Consider Before Painting A Wooden Furniture

Dec 31st 2015 at 4:08 AM

Paints can blow new life into your furniture and even the neglected classics shine with charismatic glory again if you paint them carefully. While not all of us are painting professionals, still there are some steps and tips that we can follow while staining or painting our furniture so that the job is done to perfection.

Oil based or water based paints

Oil based paints take a long time to dry and are better for those intricate projects that require more attention to details and the adoption of finesse. These paints come only in the traditional wooden tones and have a requirement for proper ventilation. Water based paints, on the other hand, do not have a high odour. They come in large assortments of colours and dry soon.

You can choose paint on the basic parameters such as time of drying, conditions of ventilation and stain colours among others.

Wood quality

The best wood that you can stain is Oak while pine is more comfortable and easy to work on. Oak furniture is of good quality and other hardwoods like walnut are also highly durable.

Staining a furniture

Use the pre-stain conditioners

If you are suing the water based stains for your wood, use a pre-stain conditioner so that the wood can be stained in an even manner. Sand the wood lightly by using sandpaper with fine grits. Sanding will open all the pores of the wood and will also remove the scratches that the furniture may have.

A homeowner takes a lot of measures and steps (imaginative and real) so that they can have more storage space in the house. Space is a very expensive commodity today and hence every individual wants to utilize the available spaces to the fullest. Choose the oak furniture that is designed with elegance and space saving features so that you can have the most space and the most comfortable furniture.

Painting furniture

Painting should never be done without priming. So use a primer of good quality. While a single primer coat is adequate for most furniture pieces, some that are laminated have wide uses and take lots of wear (like the oak furniture coffee tables), require 2 coats.

Test before painting

Before repainting old furniture, do a test to know whether its previous paint/stain was oil or water based. For testing, dip a small cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and then rub the alcohol on the furniture at some point of it. The water-based paint (latex) will come off a bit while nothing will happen to the oil based paints. After knowing, use the same paint for repainting.

Use paint conditioner

You will paint a furniture surface with a roller or brush, and there are chances that the surface may gather drag marks or brush strokes at the finish. Use the paint conditioners so that the paint dries slowly and the marks fall out before the paint dries. Floetrol is good for the latex paints while Penetrol suits the oil paints.

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