Hello! I bought a second hand dining set, with the idea that it would be cheaper to refinish than buy a new one. Its a heavy solid wood table with four chairs that had a stained wood finish, but the finish wasn't in good shape.
I didnt notice till we had brought it home that the supports on most of the chairs were badly chewed by an animal. The man at the hardware store suggested just building them back up with wood putty since we were going to paint it anyway. Eventually I would like to refinish and stain the whole set (years down the road) and replace all the supports.
He recommended using an oil-based indoor/outdoor paint with a thick shiny finish and applying it with foam brushes.
We lightly sanded and I painted the table top, and I thought everything was going well until I came back a few days later to look at the finished dried product. There were thick brush marks EVERYWHERE. Doing a light sanding with a fine sand paper and then putting two THIN coats of paint on seemed to remedy the problem. But now I'm onto the chairs and I'm worried that I'm just going to have the same problems. One chair is completely painted with two coats, and needing a very thin third, and looks pretty good. A second chair we decided to use as a test subject and put a coat of paint on without sanding. It seems just like the other pieces, but I'm just dissapointed in how much streaking there is. I've been doing a light sanding between all coats now to help knock the thick parts down.
Am I doing it wrong? I feel like this is much harder than I imagined it. I need some guidance!
It would be a thousand times easier to use regular latex trim paint (applied in thin coats after priming the filler),and then a top coat of latex polyurethane for protection. I use this method on kitchen cabinets and it works great. There's really no need for oil-based anything any more.