As with any paint job, clean the surface well before beginning (and if you ‘re not sure which method to use, test a few in small patches before committing to the whole job).
Sanding a furniture piece should never take more than 5 minutes. When prepping a piece for paint , you are just roughing up the surface slightly so that the paint will “stick”. If the existing surface is shiny, the paint won’t have anything to grab onto.
When You Can Skip Sanding , Deglossing and Priming If the finish on your furniture isn’t damaged or chipping, it’s flat not shiny and you aren’t painting it a drastically different color, then you may be able to just go ahead and start painting . Before painting though, do make sure the piece is clean.
A lot of folks make the mistake of sanding to either too fine of a grit or not fine enough before applying stain . Too fine and the wood won’t be able to accept the stain . Too rough and the wood will be very dark almost to the point of being black.
Can you paint over varnished wood without sanding ? Yes. There are a few ways to do this, but we choose to use an oil based primer to prepare our varnished wood for new paint . The oil based primer will stick to varnished or sealed wood .
These tips will help you minimize your brush strokes and remove distractions from the smooth, professional finish of your piece. Use the Right Brush for your Paint . Use Good Brush Technique. Paint in the Same Direction as the Wood Grain. Lightly sand in between each coat of paint and after final coat.
How to Paint Furniture Like a Pro Use the Right Tools. To avoid visible brush strokes in your paint job, you need to use the right tools. Know What Not to Paint . Lightly Sand Before You Begin. Use Primer. Water Down Your Paint . Lightly Sand In Between Coats. Finish with Polycrylic. Put Furniture on Blocks.
Stripping is Faster and Often Safer. It’s almost always better to strip than to sand . To begin with, except in cases where the old finish is flaking off, it’s a lot more work to sand than to strip using a paint-and-varnish remover.
Here are 5 Ways To Paint Furniture Without Sanding : USE A MINERAL PAINT . Mineral paint is very similar to chalk style paints in that no prep or prime is required. USE MILK PAINT + BONDING AGENT. As I already mentioned, the antique desk in this post was not prep- sanded . USE A BONDING PRIMER. USE A LIQUID SANDER /DEGLOSSER.
Medium and fine grades of sandpaper are generally used in refinishing furniture and antiques. Coarse grits (those under #100) damage a fine wood finish. Medium grits, such as #120 and #150, are useful for removing old finish or scratches.
If you want to paint over gloss with gloss there’s no need to use it. Just give the surface a clean and sand before painting . If you are painting over gloss woodwork with a satin or eggshell finish, you also won’t need to use this primer. Lightly sanding and cleaning will help the new paint adhere.
Never attempt to paint an existing wood surface without preparing its surface. Applying a direct coat of paint over the old coating will not work and eventually will tend to peel, especially if it has a glossy finish.
For furniture it’s best to use a satin or semigloss finish in either a latex or an oil -based paint. Never leave primer unpainted. If you choose a latex paint , a latex primer is an excellent choice for most uses. It goes on easily and blocks most stains , but it doesn’t have the odor of an oil -based primer.