Best way to paint headboard?

Old 11-11-17, 07:40 AM
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Best way to paint headboard?

Ok, I've always been more of a stain or spray painting small parts, so I just don't know about this.

Picked up a head and foot board for a bed out of someones junk, it's in ok shape just needing some minor wood repairs, but the finish is horrendous. Marker stains, scratches, normal wear, etc. Even cleaned up it won't be suitable for the room and it's typical cheap furniture wood with no grain and sort of a tan wood look finish, so staining isn't an option. It would darken and shrink the room anyway.

That leaves painting, like, by hand...with a brush or roller...uuuhhhggg. She'll actually probably be choosing a color and doing the painting. I have good brushes (not sure how that happened?) but need to know WHAT products to use. Not regular wall paint of course, and specialty cabinet finish paint is darn expensive. Oil based enamel would dry nice and hard but is kind of pain to work with. What about a waterbourne enamel or even regular gloss latex for trim and such, with a coat or water based poly? Oh, I I know we should prime also with something that will stick well. After light sanding and cleaning of course.

So...I'm limited on brands and this isn't going to be an heirloom or take any abuse anyway. If we can stick to TYPES of coatings as opposed to name brands, it would be a big help. I'm not paying $50 a gallon for stuff that will likely be used once.
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Sounds like you need to prime with a pigmented shellac like Zinnser's BIN. That will prevent all but the worst ink stains from bleeding thru your finish paint. If the marker ink bleeds thru the primer - apply another coat and it should be ok.

As you know oil base enamel is the most durable. Latex enamels cover a wide range, the cheaper ones are prone to chip/peel although the better ones should do ok. Waterborne enamels do a good job although I don't know if they come in quarts or not [I've only bought it in gallons]

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