Better Painted Furniture
Use automotive filler and primer to level the wood, aerosol cans to paint and clear coat it
Synopsis: Paint is a versatile finishing option; it can play up the lines in a piece, set off the wood, or salvage scrapwood. However, it cannot cover up poor workmanship or shoddy surfaces. Here, finishing chemist Chris A. Minick explains how to prepare a surface for paint and mentions products that make the process easier. He shares tips he gained from automotive finishers and why automotive products work well on wood. He talks about planning the job and preparing surfaces by not just sanding, but filling with putty, too. The article also covers painting, clear coating, and rubbing out.
If it works, don’t mess with it,” sums up the attitude that many woodworkers have toward finishing. Learning about a new finishing technique can be complicated and confusing. So it seems easier to stick with an old standby like tung oil, or stain followed by varnish, even though it may be…