I have slowly been helping my sister fix up her home and the latest project I tackled was to paint a dresser for her new guest room. She had an old orangey dresser that was sturdy but needed an update. Paint is a powerful thing! It can transform something for very little money. With the help of my Super Finish Max, I was able to give this dresser a whole new look complete with the smoothest finish ever!
Fill any dents or scratches with a sandable wood putty. Overfill since most putties will shrink a little when drying. Allow it to fully dry before sanding.
Sand the putty down until it is flush with the wood surface, then sand the entire piece. Paint will stick better to a surface that is not shiny. Plus, this helps get rid of slight imperfections such as shallow scratches or water marks as well as any dirt or grime. Start out with a 120 grit and then go over it with a 220. Make sure to sand the same direction as the wood grain.
Wipe off the dresser with a damp rag. Make sure you get all the dust. Paint sticks better to a clean surface.
Even though the Super Finish Max has very little over spray, you will want to protect your driveway, garage, basement, etc. from any paint. If you are working outside, this Spray Shelter also protects your project from getting leaves and such blown onto the wet paint. The setup is fast and easy. It is large enough to hold furniture with room to spare!
Choose a good quality paint, especially if the piece will get a lot of wear and tear.
Using a paint sprayer is going to be your best bet for a super smooth finish. No matter how talented you are, you cannot get this quality of a finish by brushing on paint. If you want a factory finish (or what I like to call baby butt smooth), then you really do need to use a sprayer. I used my Super Finish Max.
It is much better to paint several thin coats of paint rather than one or two thick coats. If you apply it too heavily, you run the risk of the paint running and dripping. Apply the paint in long, even strokes going the same direction.
Allow the paint to fully dry before putting the drawers back in the dresser and adding the hardware on. I like to allow mine to cure for at least 24 hours before use.
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