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Topic: Paint selection for a wooden dresser  (Read 655 times)
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« on: May 26, 2008 03:50:57 PM »

My sons have an unfinished wood dresser in their room and I want to paint it to look more interesting. Since acrylic paint is so expensive, my idea was to use regular latex wall paint to cover it and then add acrylic paint details. But the guy at the hardware store says you cant mix the two!  Huh

Whats the usual process for painting furniture? Are you supposed to do it all with acrylics?
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2008 02:19:54 PM »

Possibly the guy at the store meant, you shouldn't MIX wet acrylic paint with latex, but if you did the basecoat/ main colors in latex, waited for that to dry, and then added details in acrylic, I think that might work.  I would use primer below the latex paint, to get it to adhere to the wood, but people paint wooden trim, windows, doors, etc, with latex paint all the time, so I should think it'd be okay for a dresser, etc.  You might also put some clear sealer or varnish on it when you're done to protect it.

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008 06:58:15 AM »

We painted kitchen chairs with latex and then added details in acrylic. As Jessersmisadventures said, preparation is key: sanding/cleaning, then priming, then sanding lightly/cleaning, then painting. And yes, after painting, we did a couple coats of polyurethane.
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