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Jon Palumbo
Jon Palumbo
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1/7/2016
Jon Palumbo
Jon Palumbo
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When painting a piece of furniture, what is the best type of paint to use? My wife painted a bedroom set, and the drawers stick shut, and anything placed on top sticks to the finish.
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Mike Donovan
Mike Donovan
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1/11/2016
Mike Donovan
Mike Donovan
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HI Jon,
I when painting furniture I try use a good quality interior Latex paint. I do try to avoid painting any areas that that will touch or have to move against one another, for example drawer sided or bottoms. Also if a drawer overlaps an opening and needs to be painted, I try to use small door bumpers in the corners to keep the large surfaces apart.
As far as the top sticking to objects, I've only run into this when finishing in high humidity or if I don't allow the proper amount of time for the paint to dry completely. It may be dry to the touch but can still be "wet".
I've had to place a fan on a piece for a day or so to try get the finish to completely dry.

One more thing to consider is the original finish on the furniture. If its an older set its good clean the furniture with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). And if the finish is smooth or has a high gloss its good to lightly sand the surfaces so the paint can bond.

Just some food for thought.
Hope it helps.
Mike
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Marc Saunders
Marc Saunders
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2/2/2016
Marc Saunders
Marc Saunders
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I go to Home Depot and get a sample quantity. They charge a little over $3.00. I get flat wall paint and the finish with lacquer, shellac, or poly. A small amount is plenty for small projects and allows you to have a shelf full of many colors without buying lots of quarts.
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Jennifer Sanjines
Jennifer Sanjines
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3/7/2016
I have had good luck lately with chalk/milk paints and a wax on top. Although chalk paint seem like a "trend" and people say you don't have to prep much I still prep a little. I'm a HUGE fan of milk paint from General Finishes. It sprays like Heaven through my paint sprayer and is so smooth. It can be used on a light use piece without a top coat but they make high performance satin or flat finishes as well as you can use wax. The wax feels like an extra step but so would poly or any other top coat. I've found mine "stick" like you say when I use a typical wall paint on a piece of furniture. That's why I love the milk and chalk paints they are made for furniture application and not for walls. Good luck, painting is so fun and can really make your work pop!
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Kat Allemand
Kat Allemand
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7/12/2018
Kat Allemand
Kat Allemand
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Hi there I have been refinishing furniture for over 12 years the best paint I have found is call Fusion paint ...milk paint works well too or any acrylic based interior paint. I have tried a lot of different type of paints over the years and this is what I have found works best if using a high traffic area ...use tap, a deglosser, Sand 320 and prime with an oil based primer use use about 6 layers of polyacrylic, medium traffic or wear still degloss,sand and prime. But your top coat doesn't have to be so thick, for a low traffic area do all the beginning steps but buff with a soft wax. If you have bleed through spray shellac on the area in which it is bleeding through.. I hope this helps!
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