I need better furniture paint


Old 07-20-17, 10:14 AM
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I need better furniture paint

My wife is just getting into re-painting furniture for resale. Hot right now is chalk paint and I've cautioned her it's very weak and she may have problems down the road with people trying to return items that have worn too much, too soon.

Is there a better product or method that gives the look but has much better adhesion, and abrasion resistance?

The big box stores will promise her anything to make a sale and the local Sherwin-W didn't have any answers.
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Old 07-20-17, 10:38 AM
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You are not going to get a lot of life out of any finish paint that isn't an enamel. Oil base enamels wear the best, waterborne is almost as good [and whites won't yellow] although there are times when a decent latex enamel will do an adequate job.

Forgot to mention - prep is very important when repainting furniture. The wrong prep or primer can result in poor wear and chipping paint.
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I have no familiarity with chalk paint but maybe a coat or two of water based polyurethane over the top would be indicated.

I agree with Mark that oil or waterborne enamel would be my choice of paint.
Old 07-20-17, 03:27 PM
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I think you'd lose the "look" of chalk paint by top-coating. I hear paste wax gives some protection and didn't look like a hard coat.

I agree on the alkyd enamel for a tough finish. I'd like to try a water-base enamel so I might experiment with adding chalk to see how it looks & wears.
I only have experience with water-base clears on wood so this is new territory for me.
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