Refinising Mahogany Furniture

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Old 10-31-10, 11:24 AM
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Refinising Mahogany Furniture

I have an old Mahogany wood bed frame and would like to strip it and paint it an antique white. Any suggestion on what to use?
 
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Old 10-31-10, 11:47 AM
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No painting expert, but I don't think you should need to strip it (if you mean chemical strip). Probably a light sanding, primer and quality topcoat would do the job.

Chemicals can make paint adherence a problem sometimes.
 
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Old 10-31-10, 11:52 AM
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You're gonna what???!! Paint mahogany? Is there nothing left sacred? Sorry, the carpenter in me spoke too soon. He likes wood grains, stains and such.
Maybe marksr will chime in and save us both, Vic.
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Old 10-31-10, 12:07 PM
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Well...that's true Larry. If it's real mahogany..not the stained lacquered stuff that's often sold as it...then I'd be hesitant as well.

I like wood also....I only cover ugly wood if I can.
 
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Old 10-31-10, 12:31 PM
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Not sure if it's true mahogany...bought it at an estate sale, and this is what I was told. I want it to match the rest of my bedroom furniture, which is white.
 
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Is it possible to use a white stain?
 
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Old 10-31-10, 12:40 PM
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Not without getting down to bare wood probably...and I don't know how effective it would be with mahogany...

They do make stains that are mixed with poly that are sort of a surface coating...but I've never used them.
 
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If you paint it, all you need to do is clean it, sand lightly, remove dust and use a good solvent based primer [I'd use a pigmented shellac like zinnser's BIN] The top coats can be oil base, waterborne or latex enamel. I'd use waterborne, it dries almost as hard as oil enamel but won't yellow with age. 1 coat primer and 2 coats finish is the norm for this type of paint job.

I doubt you could tint poly/varnish white enough for that to be an option. To use a white stain would require complete removal of the existing finish..... and even then I don't know how well a white stain would work over mahogany.
 
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Ok, thanks for your advice. It's appreciated.
 
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