Painting over Black Laquer

Old 06-27-01, 02:31 PM
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I need info and ideas on painting over black laquer. I got some free end/coffee tables, and they don't match anything in the house. Any suggestions?
Old 06-27-01, 06:58 PM
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Almost any surface can be painted over. Here's how.

Clean first. Normal dish suds will cut most of the crud - use a plastic mesh dish scrubbie to remove the stubborn spots - wipe dry and let dry completely.

Sand. You don't have to sand the current finish completely off, but you do want to do two things; 1- remove all the sheen until the entire cabinet looks uniformly dull. 2- Take care of any runs, sags, or other irregularities in the current finish now- sand them flat. They'll show up like a neon sign under paint.

Prime. Use a good primer. I suggest either BIN or KILZ. I've used both and they do well. Sand out any irregularities and wipe clean with a damp cloth - let dry completely. I suggest two coats of primer. This may be overkill, but it can't hurt - except to add to the time of the project.

Paint. With either of these two primers you can use just about any paint you want, either latex or oil. I'd stay away from flat latex (wall paint). It just isn't durable enough.
Old 06-27-01, 08:33 PM
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Thanks, George! I'll try it and let you know how it turns out. Wish me luck!

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