Furniture Paint can transform an average chair or a tired looking chest of drawers into something contemporary and unique but it isn’t always easy to achieve the results you want. Here’s how to achieve perfectly painted wooden furniture to complement your home or office interiors.
1. Decide which paint you’re going to go for. You can choose between water based and oil based, both of which have advantages and it depends on the finish you’re looking for. It's worth bearing in mind that Matt finishes show fingerprints more than Satin or Eggshell.
2. If you want a high gloss finish, oil based paints will help you achieve that look. All Hicks and Weatherburn colours can be supplied as oil based furniture paints.
3. For a softer sheen finish choose water based paints, which dry quicker and are virtually odour free. Our water based eggshell paints give a lovely classic country style painted finish.
4. If surfaces have been previously painted make sure you wash them down and sand them well to prepare them for repainting.
5. Prepared bare wood surfaces should be undercoated before painting with your chosen colour of furniture paint.
6. If you are painting laminated kitchen doors, use a first rate primer such as Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 before applying the final water based eggshell or satin topcoat.
7. Oil based paints are more forgiving when it comes to surface preparation and will give a more durable finish. Surfaces should still be primed and undercoated though.
8. Oil based Satin or Eggshell paints, particularly high gloss white and light colours, will tend to yellow over time. Satin or Eggshell finishes are far less likely to do this.
9. Water based paints will not yellow, even if they are white and pale shades.
10. Oil based paints will need longer to dry and will need to be left for around 12 hours between coats for a perfect finish. Our oil based furniture paint is touch dry within 4 - 5 hours. Our water based paint is touch dry within an hour.