Painting Your Furniture? Avoid Theses Goofups
As exciting as it may sound; painting furniture well is a tough task. Painting furniture can turn out to be a messy process if it is done without any knowledge or help of experts. Even after dedicating hours on painting furniture, there still will be problems like uneven finishing, chips of paints falling out, fading, peeling of paints and more.
One of the major problems with painting furniture is the durability of the paint. Unprofessionally painted furniture loses color and its artistic look really fast. However, there are many ways one can avoid common painting mistakes which helps to sustain the paint on the furniture for a long time without much fuss.
The first step for successfully painted furniture is the process of prepping and sanding. Sanding is very important because it helps to create a rough surface that is necessary for the paint to adhere properly. There are many paint and primer companies who will say that sanding is as an not as necessary as we think it is. However, the roughness created by sanding truly makes the process of painting easier, faster and the final product longer lasting. A 150 grit sandpaper can be used for sanding furniture without varnish. Furniture with varnish will need 80 grit sandpaper.
After sanding, remove the residue with a tack cloth. Avoid using paper towel or a lint free cloth to remove the residue. Tack cloth is one of the best ways to get rid of the residue on the surface as the residue sticks to it as you wipe it over the surface and makes sure it is clean and dust-free.
Priming is the third most important step in the process of furniture painting. Priming can be done with the help of a mini-foam roller. In case the furniture is big, use a foam brush for the hard to reach areas. After the application of primer, allow the primer to dry completely.
Once dried, try sanding to get rid of any drips with a 220 grit sanding block. Wipe the piece with a tack cloth again. After this prepping process, you can begin to apply the paint. Using a mini-foam roller to apply the paint coat is one of the best ways to ensure the paint goes on evenly helping it to last longer. Three coats are typically necessary for the paint to be long lasting. Each coat must be applied after a gap of six to eight hours. After the process of painting, the tack cloth must be used to clean any kind of lint or dust.
After completing paint application and another quick clean with the tack cloth, it’s time to protect the paint with a water based glossy protectant. This protective layer should be very light and can be applied with the help of a foam roller. Let it fully cure on the furniture for 72 hours before using the finished piece to ensure a bubble-free and non-sticky surface.
Following these simple tips during painting can help you to enjoy a hassle-free furniture painting experience. Above everything else, these simple tips will also give your furniture a professionally painted look making your efforts look worthwhile.