Furniture is essential everywhere. From residences and accommodation facilities to offices and warehouses, furniture are needed to carry out the operations in a proper manner. Especially in homes, furniture are more than just wooden or metallic items of utility; they are also symbol of standard of living and prestige. People want to take care of their furniture, especially if they are wooden. Besides, painting furniture periodically in order upgrade their look and prolong their life is also common practice. While paint does upgrade the appearance and life of furniture, there are certain things that people need to be careful about in their quest for making furniture pieces livelier and increasing their life.
Assessment: Generally, not everything that is discarded from the house is useless. An object is evaluated on the basis of the purpose it serves. However, the same object can be utilised for a different purpose after it expires from the primary function that it serves. Similarly, before an item is painted, it is important to check whether it needs treatment of sandpaper, putty, etc. Thus, the furniture will be in the favourable condition for a new coat of paint. Previous coat may have to be removed, especially if it is a dark one.
Metal can be painted: There is wide variety of metal paints available in the market. Metal furniture with considerable number of curves can be painted with spray paint without much ado.
Furniture do not always need primer: Depending upon the surface of the pieces and the paint coat on it, de-glossing or sanding may be enough to prepare the piece for the fresh coat. Naphtha is used to remove wax-finished paint.
Understanding sander: People sand by hands, so, using small iron-like hand sanders should be used to enhance reach to the corners. Besides, sanding should not be done so hard that the top layer of the wood is removed.
Thoroughness: Furniture should always be painted in entirety. If pieces have draws and similar components, they should be removed and painted separately with the main piece.
Right choice of paint: Selecting the paint is not only the matter of choice and options, but about the suitability of the paint for the furniture too. Today, there are paint brands that provide scrubable finish.
The choice of brush: The selection of the instrument for the application of the paint depends upon the material and design of the furniture. Brush is the basic instrument for applying paint. However, rollers and sprays can be more effective depending upon the surface.
Patience: Paint may take long to dry. So, patience is utmost important. A coat of paint should be allowed to fully dry before another is applied to it, if needed. If the last coat has not completely dried, it may start to come off due to further application, especially due to polyurethane finish.
Be confident: Experimentation should always be encouraged. People who experiment with the idea and confidently follow their mind have better learning curve. They are more likely to become expert in furniture painting sooner.
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