Painting a Kitchen Table

Old 08-11-01, 11:41 PM
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I would like to paint my kitchen table but not sure of what kind of paint to use. It is just an old cheap table but it is sturdy. Over the years the top has weathered and the finish has worn off in places. I don't want the paint to peel off or leave the table "sticky".
Thanks for any suggestions.
Old 08-13-01, 04:52 PM
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Clean the table with TSP (TriSodium Phosphate) available from any good paint store. Wipe dry and let it dry overnight. Scuff sand teh surface - the purpose here is not to remove the existing finish, but to make it uniformly dull.

Prime with a good primer. I normally use either BIN or KILZ for this, but I have also used Benjamin Moore's 'Fresh Start' - use the oil base exterior grade - it's available under $10 a quart, which should be plenty.

Paint with the finish of your choice. I would suggest a satin or semi-gloss acrylic latex (yes, you can use latex over any of these primers.) I say satin or semi gloss because they're easier to keep clean.

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