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What is the best way to paint a wood crib? Do I need to use any special paint or sealant?

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Posted 2013-11-08T22:24:55+0000  by stewkat007 stewkat007

Welcome to our community Stewkat007!


Thank you for your questions! Painting a crib takes a little bit more attention than painting a typical piece of furniture. Inevitably the baby will chew or suck on the crib and you want to make sure that nothing flakes off.


The first thing you will want to do is lightly sand the entire crib with 80-120 grit sandpaper. This will ensure that the paint adheres properly.


After you have sanded the surface, wipe it down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust.


Now, you will paint the crib with latex/ water based paint. I would recommend using a small (1 ½” – 2”) angled brush for the rails and a small roller for the broad areas.


Once it has been painted and allowed to dry overnight, seal it with water based polyurethane such as Minwax Polycrylic. This comes in both a spray and a brush on. Sealing it will ensure that the paint does not flake off.


If you have any more questions, please let us know!


Christine :)

Posted 2013-11-11T14:59:58+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL

Just a few observation to the above post:


80 and even 120 grit sandpaper is far to course for "scuff sanding" . It will cause scratches that will very possibly show through the finish coat. 180 or 220 grit is far better suited for scuffing up the surface for adhesion.


Acrylic latex paints are not well suited for coating furniture. Acrylics retain a soft, gummy quality, in contrast to an oil or lacquer finish. Acrylics can also pemanently soften in the presence of oil from human hands.


Top coating an acrylic paint with a water base urethane vrnish can lessen an acrylics gummy feel. This is what is done with the Cabinet Transformation product from RustOleum. This product uses a low sheen base coat of acrylic.


Top coating with a urethane varnish will not increase the adhesion and chip resitance of an underlying acrylic. If the underlying coating is not adhered well, it will be chip and peel prone due to its own lack of adhesion and a clear top coat will not improve that!


Today's paints are "food safe" i.e. not harmful if ingested, once the paint has hardened and the  solvent has evaporated. The past heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, chromium, are long gone. Paint manufacturers choose to avoid such terms as "food safe" due to the long and expensive tests neccessary to gain govrnment certification .


In short, scuff sand with fine sandpaper and use an oil paint, either sprayed on or brushed. A surprisingly good and economical finish can be achieved using RustOleum spray cans. Spraying is especially beneficial on cribs which tend to have many thin spokes on the sides. These are difficult to paint with a brush wihout leaving brush marks.

Posted 2013-11-12T05:44:03+0000  by ordjen
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