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How do i repaint an old wooden dresser that has been painted

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Posted 2013-12-15T23:38:05+0000  by TWL TWL
 

Hello TWL!

 

Great question!

 

If the existing paint is a factory finish, they you'll most likely need to use an oil primer first ... then paint.

 

If the existing finish is water-based paint, you'll simply sand the surface to break the gloss ... then paint.

 

TRY THIS:

Use denatured alcohol on a rag and aggressively wipe a spot on your existing finish.

 

If the paint color comes off on the rag, the paint is water-based ... buff sand with 220-grit sandpaper to break the gloss.

 

If the paint simply cleans up but the color does not come off on the rag, the paint is oil-based ... you'll need an oil primer before paint to ensure the new paint adheres well.

 

FINALLY:

Buff sanding is not sanding down to the wood.

 

Rather, you are lightly sanding just enough to break the gloss and then wiping with a dry terry towel to remove the sanding dust.

 

Do not add solvents on your wiping rag because they can damage the existing finish ... ultimately requiring that you sand down to the wood (a secondary repair that can be prevented).

Posted 2013-12-17T14:33:53+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
 
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