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« on: February 22, 2007 10:56:03 AM »

I just got a coffee table off Craigslist that I want to paint. I have tried this before but I wasn't happy with the way the strokes showed up. I want a nice smooth surface. Does anyone have tips for this? Also what do you guys use to strip the finish off, or should i just sand it? I have used this Strip-eze gel junk before and it was a lot more work than promised. Anyone?

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007 10:59:22 AM »

i would just sand the finish off... to not get brush strokes, you could either use a sponge brush instead of a bristle brush or you could spray paint it.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007 11:28:31 AM »

Do they make spray paint specifically for wood? I don't want it to look cheesy.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007 05:12:40 PM »

I'd get an electric sander with fine paper and zip it over the table.  You don't have to take everything off.  Then primer it.  Use a nice brush.  Paint it with a few coats.  Seal it with 3 coats and then sand lightly.  You shouldn't see any strokes unless you glob the paint on or on a hot day.

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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007 10:21:01 PM »

Yes, a vibrator sander is probably your best bet for prepping your surface.

The key to a smooth painted finish using a brush is to start at one edge and make one solid stroke alllllll the way to the other edge.  Don't dab and daub at it, because that's where you'll get visible brushstrokes.

Otherwise, you could use a roller, but the same technique applies; start at one edge and roll all the way to the other before lifting up the brush.

Yes, you can use spray paint on wood (don't get the kind made for metal, like Rustoleum).  start spraying before you hit one edge, make one solid stroke all the way across and past, and then go back for the next strip doing the same thing.  Follow the instructions on the can for how far to hold the can from the surface you're painting.  Do several light coats rather than one thick coat.  You can always add more but you can't take it off.

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007 11:03:56 PM »

thanks for the tips all. I'm afraid i don't know where to get a hold of an electric sander for free/cheap so I'll have to do that part the old fashioned way. I have big plans for this table. I'll post when finished.

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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2007 12:21:18 AM »

You can usually rent them for very little per day at the big hardware stores like Lowe's or Home Depot, or at rental places. Check your Yellow Pages under "tool rental".

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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2007 05:39:06 PM »

Most likely you'll have to do two coats of paint....be sure to sand with a extra fine sand paper in between coats, also.

If you're going to use a roller brush, they have specific rollers just for furniture.  It's a foam roller without any nap to it at all so you obtain a much smoother finish with it.

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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2007 06:05:18 PM »

This may be a little impractial, but maybe you could airbrush it? I know most people dont have access to an airbrush, but it's a thought!

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2007 08:08:31 PM »

Doh! Why did i not think of that. Someone gave me a whole airbrushing set up and it has been sitting waiting for me to give it a go. I'm slaping my head over that one. Maybe if I took it out of the box I would remember that I own it.

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