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Old 06-04-2007, 11:20 AM   #1
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I am painting a wooden chair to go in our nursery. The chair has been sanded to take down the glossy finish. It has a few decorative spindles. Would it be best to spray paint it or brush it on?

Since it will be in a nursery, do I need to paint with any special paint? It is not like the baby will be eating the chair . comments?

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It is not like the baby will be eating the chair .
How can you be sure there will no gnawing or chewing? I was asking about paint for a counter top at Lowe's and was told they had nothing FDA approved for that application.

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I can't guarantee anything. I was just thinking if using regular paint on a chair was not safe, then how could anyone with children justify anything in their house being painted i.e, walls, cabinets, furniture, baseboard...... Unless someone posts different, I guess I'll go ahead and use the paint.


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No special paint
Pretty much anything on the market today will be OK

A waterborne enamel will give you the best finish
Latex enamel would be a second choice
(technically they are both water-based and therefore latex, but there is a difference in quality)

Spray or brush is a tough call
If you don't have a sprayer, renting one would be cost prohibitive for one chair
A premium brush is a bit more cost effective
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The chair will be white. Is there a good can spray paint that would give a good finish?
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Is there a good can spray paint that would give a good finish?
No

But if you have a good Paint Store, they may have a little sprayer that sits on top of a jar and uses little gas capsules as propellant
I've never used them for enamel...but maybe you could ask them at the store if it'll work

I'm not sure it would give you a "better" finish
It's really a spot/touch-up type deal

..and I personally like a few brush marks on my rockers
Gives them a a little personality...a personal touch
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Those little spray units are junk. Get a can of Krylon contractor series with the adjustable tip on it if you want a decent budget spray. Those units you put your own paint in sputter and spit if they spray at all.
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So, if it were you, would you
1. spray it
2. brush it

(I guess both with white enamel paint)?
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Okay, I know using latex paint will probably start to chip off. If I paint with latex and then use a spay lacquer over that, would that work? I have a quite a bit of white latex I would like to use.
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IMHO that's not a good idea
Better to use the correct product that works well, once, then try and use a product that won't work well, and make extra work and cost by sealing it it with another product...that isn't designed for sealing in an ill adhering product anyway...
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Krylon has a new paint called H2O that comes in a spray can and advertises that it bonds on a molecular level. I haven't tried it, but it sounds like it would fit your purposes. It is water based.

Spray the chair. I've painted and stained quite a few chairs, they are some of the most difficult pieces to do with a brush.
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If i was you i would brush it since it is just one chair. Now if you do not own any brushes then a rattle can might be better. I would still brush it.

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