Want to paint bookshelf...

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Old 08-27-05, 01:06 PM
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Question Want to paint bookshelf...

I would like to paint a bookshelf that was from Ikea. I am guessing it is pressed board with some kind of veneer or laminate over top. I would like to change it from the normal wood color to black. Any thoughts as to the best and nicest way to go about this would be helpful.

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Old 08-27-05, 02:01 PM
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Scuff sand it and remove the dirt/dust completely.
Prime it with an oil/alkyd primer, or a latex bonding primer.
Zinsser's 123 or ICI Gripper are two examples.
XIM will also grip to slick surfaces very well.
Then top coat it with paint of your choice.
I would suggest a good, hard enamel. Sherwin Williams ProClassic Trim paint, or Ben Moore's Water-borne Satin Impervo are 2 good examples.
 
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Old 08-28-05, 12:30 PM
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As PWG said it is best to finish with a hard enamel - the majority of latex enamels do not dry hard enough for a bookshelf. Use an oil base enamel or one of the new waterborne finishes.
 
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