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Painting furniture - tips for choosing the right agent

With a coat of paint, even old furniture, where the paint is peeling off, looks like new again. Painting a piece of furniture is also a good idea if it no longer matches the new furnishings or if you want to bring a breath of fresh air into a room with a different color. Paints, glazes and oils are particularly suitable for this purpose. Creative do-it-yourselfers also use the funds especially for the shabby chic style. They make furniture look older than it actually is, giving them a very special look.

Redesign pieces of furniture by painting

Acrylic and synthetic resin varnishes are mainly used when painting furniture. Acrylic paints are water-based, while synthetic resin paints contain solvents. These solvents often have an unpleasant smell and are also harmful to health and the environment. Acrylic varnishes are therefore the better choice, especially for interiors. They are available in countless colors and therefore offer many options for customizing pieces of furniture. In addition, they are easy to work with and the brushes and rollers are easy to clean. It can be done with water due to the fact that it is a water-based product. Acrylic lacquers are available in matt and glossy versions for indoor and outdoor use. You can even paint the garden furniture or a garden bench with an acrylic varnish. If a piece of furniture is exposed to high loads, you will also find acrylic varnishes in stores that are reinforced with polyurethane. This admixture makes a painted surface harder and therefore more shock and impact resistant.

Lacquers have the advantage that they form a closed and smooth surface. It offers wood and other materials good protection against external influences such as moisture. A closed layer of paint is also easy to keep clean because it has no gaps in which dirt could collect. On wooden furniture, however, colored varnishes cover the grain of the wood. If it should still be visible, only a clear lacquer, a glaze or an oil can be used.

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Paint furniture with a glaze

Glazes make the typical grain of a type of wood stand out even more clearly. They are therefore ideal for veneered furniture and furniture made of solid wood, where the wood look should be preserved. These products are available in numerous shades of brown that imitate certain types of wood such as oak, teak or walnut. When buying, however, you do not necessarily have to be guided by the type of wood in the furniture. For example, you can paint furniture made of light types of wood such as spruce with a dark glaze. However, glazes are only suitable for untreated wood and for glazed pieces of furniture whose surfaces you want to freshen up with a new coat of paint.

When using glazes, it is important to always work in the direction of the wood grain. In addition, do not take a break when painting larger areas, as this could lead to an irregular result. Because glazes are created like water-based acrylic varnishes, you can also clean the brushes and other tools under running water.

Treat wooden surfaces with an oil

Wood oil also shows off the wood grain very nicely. It stretches like a glaze into the deeper layers of the wood and thus offers the wood good protection against moisture and other external influences. In contrast to a varnish, treatment with a glaze or an oil does not form a closed surface. It is therefore easier for stains to appear on glazed and oiled wooden surfaces, for example from spilled liquids. However, an oil gives wood a velvety feel that is appreciated by many people. It is also very easy to use, because you can simply apply a wood oil to the wood with a cloth or a brush. You can repeat this treatment as often as you like in order to freshen up the surfaces. If the wood has become a bit rough after a while, sand it smooth with a sanding sponge before oiling.

Wood oils are often used for garden furniture, but can also be used for other pieces of furniture. Like the glazes, they are available in different colors. For example, teak oil, which gives furniture a rich brown color, is widely used. However, a wood oil does not necessarily have to be brown. By adding color pigments, it can just as easily have a different color, such as white or gray. You can also find so-called hard oils in stores. They were developed primarily for the treatment of wooden floors, but are also suitable for furniture that is exposed to heavy use. Other variants are the oils with UV protection for outdoors and the wood oils that are approved for children's toys and are also suitable for furniture in children's rooms. They are saliva-proof and harmless to the health of the little ones.

Paint furniture with plastic surfaces

If the piece of furniture that you want to give a new coat of paint is made of coated chipboard, you can also use an acrylic varnish. To ensure that it adheres well, you should first carefully clean the surfaces and then sand them with fine sandpaper with a grit of around 180. Then remove the sanding dust and start painting in an environment that is as dust-free as possible. It is best to paint larger areas with a paint roller so that the paint layer is completely smooth. Also, make sure to always stroke from one end to the other so that no lines appear later.

Create a good foundation with a primer

A primer can be used to prepare the substrate for painting with a varnish. It ensures that the paint is equally well accepted in all areas and that the painted surface looks evenly. You can save yourself this pretreatment by using a varnish that also serves as a primer. These remedies are often identified with the addition of 2 in 1.

When painting furniture, think about the intermediate sanding

Regardless of your choice of varnish, glaze or oil, it is usually necessary to paint a piece of furniture two or even three times to get a good result. Between the individual coats you should sand the surfaces smooth again with a sanding sponge. All products contain water, which makes some of the wood fibers stand up. They are removed during sanding so that the surfaces are smooth again afterwards.

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