5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Furniture

Sunday, May 28th 2017. | Furniture

Bringing to light the beauty of an antique furniture, and worn by time, is a beautiful example of creativity mixed with DIY! Yet, to give life to a perfect handmade project it is necessary to avoid some mistakes that could compromise the success of the restoration. Very often in fact, especially in the hurry, we risk committing mistakes. Let us then discover together what are the 5 mistakes to avoid when painting furniture.

1. Omit the sanding of the cabinet

The most common mistake, and more damaging to the final success of the project, is to omit the sanding of the furniture. Although many products seem to be made specifically to avoid this tedious operation, in reality the sanding is a necessary and obliged passage. Remove the old varnish in fact, it will eliminate enamels and adhesives, making the surface perfect for the new painting.

2. Avoid cleaning the surface

After carefully sanding the entire surface of the cabinet, it is essential to remove any traces of dust and residual dirt. The mistake often committed, is in fact to skip this extremely important passage. We pass a soft cloth, possibly microfiber, on the surface just treated. This will allow us to remove all impurities and obtain a perfect varnish, avoiding the appearance of defects and inaccuracies due to the present dirt.

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3. Forget to use a furniture primer

Before moving on to paint the furniture, it is essential to proceed with the drawing of a mobile primer. Very often, this step is literally skipped or ignored. The primer is essential to obtain a perfect and homogeneous painting of the entire surface. After lying down and left perfectly dry, proceed to sand very gently. Then remove the powder with a cloth. In this way we will allow the paint to “cling” perfectly to the bottom.

4. Pass more coats of paint without waiting for the right drying time

Among the mistakes not to make in painting the furniture, surely we find that to pass more coats of paint in times too short. For a correct painting, and an impeccable final result, drying times are essential. To avoid creating a terrible “jelly” effect of color, with ripples and uneven color, it is important to wait for the paint to pull properly. After the first hand, we wait about 6/8 hours before proceeding with the second pass of paint.

5. Leave the surface without protection

After painting the entire surface, the cabinet is not ready! The mistake that is often committed is to leave the surface of the furniture without protection. To keep the paint perfect and intact over time, avoiding that it can splinter or scratch, it is essential to spread one or more hands of transparent protective.

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