Painting a Wood Desk

Old 10-27-06, 11:09 AM
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Painting a Wood Desk

I bought an old Typewriter desk from a consignment store. Its in pretty good shape but I wanted to paint it. I was wondering what grit of sandpaper I should use to smooth it before I paint. I'm painting it black so should I use Kilz first. If so what kind? And what kind of black paint would work better? I want a worn look. Thanks.
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The grit to use is determined by the grit needed. If it needs a lot of sanding, you might need to start with 80 grit and progressively go to finer grits. The final sanding should be done with 180-220 grit.

It is usually best to use a solvent based primer first but since you are planning on painting it black, I would recomend either getting the primer tinted a dark gray which can be top coated with oil base, waterborne or latex enamel. Or you could first coat it with an oil base flat black, top coated with black oil base enamel - sheen of your choice.

The worn look can be achieved by lightly sanding off some of the finish with 220 grit sandpaper.

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