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« on: March 12, 2009 01:11:55 PM »

I just bought an ikea aspelund wardrobe and I want to change the color and I was wondering if anyone has any advise?

any help would be great.

also here is a picture and its your typical ikea Particleboard finish.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2009 09:20:13 PM »

I don't like oil-based stuff, because it's smelly and requires turpentine or similar for clean-up. But this is a personal preference.

I've sanded a wardrobe, coffee table and several chairs by hand, then primed and painted with latex-based products. Usually I seal the pieces with polyurethane.

Sanding's really not bad, unless you're working on a piece with lots of nooks and crannies and curlicues - which is not IKEA's style. And it's not like you're trying to totally sand off the finish; you just want to rough up the surface. Then apply a coat of latex-based primer, and the piece is ready for paint.

Just wear a mask and safety goggles to protect yourself from fine particles.
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009 04:38:32 AM »

it's not a problem at all.It all depend on the look you want all you have to do is lightly sand, prime and paint.

I had some of furniture and painted it with primer and latex paint. I then added glazing for an antiqued look.
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2009 04:18:24 PM »

have any of you used glidden gripper primer?
I went to home depot and the guy in the paint department said that it works the best and I dont need to sand.
But I think I am gonna sand any way. but what grade 400?

also I want a smooth streak free look. so bought spong rollers and white behr acrylic latex paint.

also thanks ladies for the advice.
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2009 09:20:09 AM »

I'm guessing the Glidden Gripper primer is what they call a high adhesion primer.  I've never used one, but have painted previously varnished things, and things with a melamine skin without problems.  I sand using 250-300 grit.  400 is fine for finish sanding, after your paint is dry or between coats. You can also use 0000 steel wool for the final sanding, but wear gloves as steel wool slivers are not fun.  BTW, you don't need to really sand this down, but you do need to roughen up the surface so the new finish will stick.  Anything you do to this will look better.  I have an Ikea piece with a similar finish and it's on the 'do something to that' list.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2009 04:07:00 AM »

I havent tried that particular primer, but have used other primers and dont rate them, I think sanding )ie roughening the suface) and undercoat and topcoat (thin layers, with a light sanding before you put down the top coat) would work well and then if you thought it was going to get knocked about you could put varnish ontop, but its a wardrobe so I cant imagine its going to get very chipped

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