Painting a wood project

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Old 12-16-13, 12:06 PM
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Painting a wood project

I'm building a loft bed for my daughters birthday, and I'm to the point where I'm ready to assemble the 4 pieces together. My question is should I prime the bare wood before I assemble it. Or after it is assembled? Or does it really matter?
 
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Old 12-16-13, 12:10 PM
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Hard to say without seeing what it is your trying to do.
If your using normal bed frame brackets you could prime and paint two coats before assembly or
installing the brackets.
If there's glue joints you do not want to get any paint on them.
 
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Old 12-16-13, 12:13 PM
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I'd prime beforehand with a quality primer. The Pro's will probably recommend an oil based or waterbourne paint. Dries harder and wears better than any latex. Top coat with the same.

You'll need to let it completely dry before assembly. Could take 4 or 5 days (?) in a well vented area.
 
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Old 12-16-13, 12:20 PM
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There in CA, may not be able to buy oil based paint.
 
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Oil base primers do a better job of sealing the wood but as long as there aren't any knots or tannins to bleed a latex enamel undercoater should do fine. A waterborne enamel will dry harder and wear better than any latex enamel although there is a big difference between the quality latex enamels and their cheaper counterpart.

I'd probably prime and apply 1 coat of enamel prior to assembly [because it's quicker] As Joe mentioned, you want to keep the glue joints clean [sanding/scraping will remove errant primer/paint] Normally if the final coat of paint is applied after assembly you'll have the least risk of anything marring the paint job.
 
 

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