painting a dining set

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Old 07-09-06, 04:17 PM
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painting a dining set

I want to paint a wood dining set. It's older, and the finish looks really bad, but everything else is in great shape. The table is large, with 8 chairs. I would like to paint them all with a black paint, but I'm not sure where to start. I'm guessing that I will need to sand everything down, and then prime it all. For black paint, would I use another primer, other then white? Also, what type and brand of paint is best to use? Would I need to finish it off with some kind of varnish? What tools are best to use when painting a table? A lot of questions! I hope someone can help. Thanks!
 
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Old 07-09-06, 07:22 PM
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You're on track
Sand, prime, paint
I'm not sure what's on there now, so I'd suggest a solvent-based primer
A good quality oil-based primer from a paint store (either Ben Moore or Sherwin Williams would be good)
I normally don't care for tinting primers, but in your case I'd ask for a shot to make your primer gray

For furniture, I generally prefer to use oil-based for the color coats, but really today's waterborne enamels are really very good
I realize oil-based paints aren't for everybody
The enamel thing is key though, you don't want to use regular "latex (wall) paint"

*I've got a kitchen table almost ready myself...as much as I like oils, I may go with the waterborne on this myself...I haven't decided yet

The best way to apply the paint and primer will probably be a brush
I can't think of many tables where a brush wouldn't be the best way to DIY

With a quality enamel properly applied, there should be no reason to coat it with anything else...just two coats of enamel

I'd sand in between coats also, after it's dried
I'd sand the primer with 180 grit, and the first color coat with 220
Nothing major, just a nice smooth, relatively quick sanding
 
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Old 07-09-06, 10:25 PM
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Thank you! That was very helpful. I feel much better about starting this project! If I leave it with just the enamel paint, and no sealer, then it won't stain or anything when we use it?
 
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As far as I know, there's nothing you could put over an enamel...nothing I'd recommend anyway
 
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Old 07-10-06, 10:13 PM
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Okay. Thanks for the help!
 
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