Tips for Painting Furniture

Written by on September 7, 2013 in Handheld/Cordless, Industry News with 4 Comments

New Instructional Painting Video Series

In this video, Todd shares some small project finishing basics for painting furniture or other types of small projects.

This is the second in an instructional video series that we are working on with Graco, in partnership with our own Prep to Finish paint industry education program. Recently, the first video in the series explored stain grade furniture finishing, while this one is about painting furniture.

In this episode, Todd walks viewers through surface preparation, priming, in between coat tasks, and finish application on a previously unfinished bookcase. The same sequence could be used on most any type of small wood project where painting furniture is involved. The finish application is done with a cordless handheld sprayer, but the basic process would also apply if the application were to be done manually, as with a brush or even a combination of brush and foam or velour type roller.

Previously, in the first installment of this series, Scott completed a small stain grade project, which was a Shaker style desk. The video from that project is featured on topcoatreview.com and can be seen by clicking here. Surface prep for stain is discussed, and dye stain application is shown, then clear waterborne finishing.

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A lot of the time, as professional paint contractors, we are busy performing advanced processes with sometimes tweaky product combinations and higher end application tools on larger scale projects. It has been refreshing for us to dial it back and share more entry level instructional painting tips to help people who may be struggling with small projects of their own. We thank Graco for sharing our interest in making that possible.

If you have questions on proper prep and finishing steps for small projects, please leave a comment below, and we would be happy to assist.

Also, if you have requests for types of projects, products or finishes that we would be interesting for this instructional series, feel free to share them with us.

In the future, we expect to be creating increasingly more advanced finishing videos, getting into finishing with sprayer technologies such as air assisted airless, and cabinet grade fine finishes.

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About the Author: Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you! Scott's Google Profile .

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  1. Chris Haught says:

    Great project and explanations by Todd, I think that’s a project even I could tackle!

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