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Old 10-24-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
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I am wanting to paint an antique buffet sea-foam green and I'm not sure if I should just spray paint it or brush the paint on?? Never done this!
Can anyone help with step by step instructions! BTW, I don't want to put a lot of money into it...

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I would brush on a finish----


First wipe the entire thing down with mineral spirits and steel wool----0000 or 000

Then paint with a good quality primer like Zinsers 123
Then paint with a good quality semi gloss latex enamel---

Cleaning and priming are the key to a finish that will bond to the old finish.

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Mike mike mike. What is up with the MS and wool?
2 bad things abut that-
1- spirits leave an oily film not nice to waterbornes
2- steel wool leave pieces that rust with a waterborne.

We're both assuming that there is an oil varnish finish on the piece.

I would sand it with a sanding sponge or paper ( 220 grit) Wipe clean- I like to use some TSP substitute to do this- it also helps etch the finish more.
Prime with a high adhesion primer (123 is good, there are others)
Finish with a high quality med to semi gloss finish
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Does this buffet have any value as an antique? If so it will be worth almost nothing as soon as you refinish it.
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Mike mike mike. What is up with the MS and wool?
2 bad things abut that-
1- spirits leave an oily film not nice to waterbornes
2- steel wool leave pieces that rust with a waterborne.

We're both assuming that there is an oil varnish finish on the piece.

I would sand it with a sanding sponge or paper ( 220 grit) Wipe clean- I like to use some TSP substitute to do this- it also helps etch the finish more.
Prime with a high adhesion primer (123 is good, there are others)
Finish with a high quality med to semi gloss finish
It's always worked for me---but I think you have the better suggested method---most times I use oil finishes and didn't think about
nasty bulls eyes from the mineral spirits---

I was just thinking about removing all the old furniture polish
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Does this buffet have any value as an antique? If so it will be worth almost nothing as soon as you refinish it.
I was wondering the same thing. Are you sure you want to paint it and not take the time to refinish it? If it has had it, I guess painting is alright. I have seen people do some strange things to nice old furniture though and destroy all value though.

If it is capable of being refinished but you do not want to put the time and money in it, would you be better off selling it and buying something new/contemporary that was meant to be painted?

As for the steel wool issue. Fine woodworking and refinishing places will have things like brass wool for lack of a better description. It will not oxidize like steel wool. Super fine grit, like 220 paper, is an option too although if you are going to paint, 120 should be enough unless you have major surface imperfections to fix.

If it is beat up, you might get away with rattle can primer and paint if you want to try spraying it. You might be surprised at what your local body shop might charge to spray it for you.
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You didn't indicate whether you wanted an oil-based system or a water-based system. In either case, the Liquid TSP Substitute cleaner is excellent for cleaning generations of polishes and wax from the surface. You may have to do this more than once. A mineral spirits wash would only be good if you were top-coating with alkyd based primer and a hard alkyd finish.

A waer-based system is good. Benjamin-Moore sells a product named Cabinet Paint. This produces a harder finish than most conventional acrylics.

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