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« on: May 13, 2005 07:08:34 AM »

I did some research on Craftster but am not having much success with my project.  Perhaps you can advise?

I have this table (in birch veneer, not in the light blue that pops up first):


I want to print it with an artsy design.  I tried some craft paint on one leg, and it scratched off easily.  I tried sanding, and it made little difference.  I tried a couple coats of primer, and it still scratches off with just a firm scrape of the fingernail.

Do I need to get a hardwood table in order to paint and have it stay on?  I am thinking of shopping the local thrift stores for one, but I don't want to give up on this IKEA table unless it really is a lost cause.

If you know anything about how to accomplish this, please let me know!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2005 07:14:59 AM »

Did you sand away all the paint? Because otherwise you should be able to paint the particleboard with regular wall paint; my parents primed and painted something like that and it's held up fine. There are some extra heavy-duty primers used for things like putting latex paint over oil paint... maybe try that?  Huh  Oh, or how about spray  painting it first? Some of that stuff sticks pretty well.

If all else fails, the old table idea is good. But I see why you want to use the one you already have, best of luck  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2005 09:41:58 AM »

To successfully paint over veneer, I've followed these steps:
First, sand with a heavy-duty sandpaper. Really scratch up the surface, then clean it well.

Then prime with Binz-Kilz primer/sealer.

Then sand the primer lightly and clean up with tackcloth.

Then paint.

Then coat with polyurethane--and if it's a heavy-use piece, like a table top, plan on doing at least two and probably three coats.

Good luck!
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2005 10:46:07 AM »

Thanks a bunch - just the kind of info I needed.  I appreciate it!

« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2005 03:21:37 PM »

Glad it's working for you!

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