Protective Finish

Bon34December 29, 2001

I was sitting in Barnes and Noble looking at a decorative painting book for furniture that illustrated various projects with instruction. The book was informative but after all that time and effort the author never informed the reader on how to protect the various wood pieces of furniture. I found it very frustrating that this most important step was omitted from the book. Does anyone know how to get the "store funiture" finish at home?

I recently painted a buffet and sprayed it with lacquer. I found that although it looks good it has a slightly rough finish, not at all what I see or feel when I look at the very expensive "hand painted" pieces in the furniture stores. Any advice would be appreciated.

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The secret to any smooth finish is sanding. I only use waterbased finishes and apply at least 2 to 3 light coats of finish, sanding each one after allowing them to dry thoroughly before adding the next coat. That's my method anyway. Other people do different things. Maybe some more will post with more ideas.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2001 at 9:27PM
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After sanding, don't forget to wipe the dust off. You can buy interior or exterior varathene, oil or water based. You can get different finishes too, gloss, matte or satin to name a few. I use a large brush and do this for all my larger pieces. These are available at any hardware, or paint store, and even Walmart.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2002 at 9:56PM
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