Painting 101 | 3 working tips before painting pine furniture

19 May 2016
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Painting your furniture is a great way of giving it a new look. You don't have to buy new furniture whenever that old, rugged look sets in. You could even buy your pine furniture and decide to paint it yourself. Buying already painted furniture is very expensive, so you may want to save your pockets from the strain. However, before getting your paint and brushes, there are a couple of things you can do to keep the process flawless.

Choose your paint wisely

When it comes to the paint, you've got a lot of options. However, you first need to seal the furniture piece with a quality primer before beginning your paint job. This is particularly important if there are knots on the pine. Apply a high adhesion super primer on the knots first before coating the whole piece.

Chalk paint

The good thing about using chalk paint is that little prepping is required if there are no deep scratches. It adheres impressively even when you don't sand the surface or apply any primer. Chalk paint is used to create a chalky look and can be applied to give either a distressed or smooth feel. However, chalk paint needs you to wax it afterwards.

Water-based acrylic eggshell

This is a good option as it is environment-friendly and doesn't emit so many odours. As a plus, acrylic eggshell paints dry fast. Acrylic is also a lot easier to work with and suitable for a beginner.

Oil-based eggshell

Oil-based paints adhere much better even to ropier surfaces and give a more enhanced result. However, they require a lot of surface preparation. Oil paints also take longer to dry.

Sand out the old paint

Simply applying a new coat of paint over the furniture piece won't do, particularly if you've got deep scratches. You need to prepare the surface first, and sanding is one of the easiest ways to do it. It not only gets rid of the old paint, but also smooths out the rough surfaces. With pine, you need to be careful about your sandpaper options as it's very soft. Sand it using a low-grade grit before going for stronger paper. In the end, shine a light onto the furniture piece to locate any uneven or under-sanded areas.

Sand between coats

For the best result, sand between the coats of paint. However, do this very lightly. The goal is to get rid of any blemishes or imperfections. After a coat dries, pass a spongy sanding paper over the surface for the best effect. 

For more tips about painting pine and other soft woods, contact a company like Allure Painting Services.