Need some help repainting your laminate furniture in Blue Bell, PA? Hiring a painting contractor is always the best way to go about it.
However, if you have a relatively small project and you feel DIY will suffice, we’ve got some tips for you.
Although it’s not solid wood, you can still update your laminate furniture with a few layers of fresh paint. You only need to do a few extra preparations before you get started.
Here is how;
Sand the Furniture
Remove any handles or knobs from the furniture. Put them in a plastic bag, so you don’t lose them.
Fill in the cracks and holes in the furniture with a wooden filling material.
You can find wood fillers in the hardware store. Let the filler dry according to the instructions on the packaging.
Lightly sand the surface of the furniture with 120 grit sandpaper. Sand in circular motions until the surface looks dull and less shiny.
Don’t sand too much, or you may wear the laminate off the surface.
Wipe the furniture with a damp cloth to remove wood dust. Make sure that the surface of the furniture is clean before you start the priming process.
Apply a Primer
Apply a binding oil-based primer to the surface of the furniture. Look around the hardware store or paint shop for a binding oil-based primer.
Apply the primer with a brush or roller until there is even coverage on the entire surface of the furniture.
Let the primer dry for at least four hours. After that, gently touch the primed surface with your fingertip to see if it is completely dry. Let them dry if the primer is still wet.
Sand the primed surface with 220 grit sandpaper. Lightly sand in a circular motion, as you did the first time you sanded the furniture. Wipe the dust off the surface with a damp cloth.
Apply the Paint
Decide whether your finish should be glossy or matte, and look for an acrylic latex paint with the finish you want. You can find acrylic latex paint in the hardware store or paint shop.
Apply the first layer of paint with a brush or roller. Paint with short, even strokes in the same direction. It’s okay if the first layer looks a bit spotty and uneven.
Let the paint dry for at least two hours.
Some paints may take longer to dry, so check the label of the paint you’re using for specific drying instructions.
After two hours, use your fingertips to check that the first coat of paint is dry.
Alternate between painting and drying until you get even coverage. It should take two to three coats of paint.
Allow the furniture to dry for at least two hours after each coat.
Let the newly painted furniture harden for 3-5 days. You can put the handles or knobs back on the furniture when the last coat is dry.
However, avoid putting anything on the furniture until it has hardened to prevent peeling.
Request for a Free Painting Quote
As always, if you don’t have the skills or tools to handle your furniture refinishing project, you should consider hiring a professional painting contractor in Horsham, PA like
Hiring on a professional painting contractor like Aspen Painting is the guarantee of a flawless, durable, and high-quality paint job.
We have years of experience in cabinet and furniture painting and staining with a long list of happy customers in Horsham, PA, Ambler, Dresher, Ft. Washington, and Blue Bell, PA.
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