Painting a Desk


Old 05-15-05, 10:33 AM
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Question Painting a Desk

I painted a used desk for my husband using 1 coat of "Gripper" primer and 3 coats of black latex paint (eggshell). It sat in my garage for 1 1/2 weeks and in our house for another 2 weeks before we put anything on it.

Problem: Things are still sticking to the desk 3 months later and there are now marks and dents in the paint. How can I fix this, or prevent it in the future? I'm getting ready to paint more furniture.

Thanks for any help and advise you can offer.
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Old 05-15-05, 06:35 PM
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The reason it is sticking is because you used the wrong type of paint. It would have been better to use oil base as it dries harder than latex does. If you sand lightly and apply a coat of poly or oil enamel you may be able to salvage the paint job.

In the future use oil base where heavy wear is expected. SWP makes a waterborne enamel that has the advantages of both latex and oil. You may wish to try it if you are adverse to using oil base.
Old 05-17-05, 09:05 AM
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Your help is greatly appreciated.
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