Restore • Recondition • Reuse
Refinishing is essentially the term applied to anything other than the usual paint jobs in your home apart from the usual use of architectural paint for the interior and exterior surfaces of your home. Many have encountered auto refinishing due to accidents, scratches and dents, but paint and coatings defines the term refinishing for the many other objects in your possession — old and new. It provides an opportunity to breathe new life into old tools, lamps, pots, and other useful items around the home. Many of those still provide utility but have an extra layer of wear and tear, rust, corrosion or the lack appeal aesthetically. The trend is now toward restoration of beautiful and well-loved objects, as one can see YouTube with before and after shots.
Never attempt to paint an existing wood surface without preparing its surface. Applying a direct coat of paint over the old coating will not work and eventually will tend to peel, especially if it has a glossy finish. This painting technique needs to prepare the wooden surface first.
If you're repainting, first assess the paint condition of the surface. If the paint is peeling, you must scrape it to remove old paint coats. Afterwards, the surface will need to be smoothed with 180 grit sandpaper to create a smoother surface. Never attempt to paint an existing wood surface without preparing the surface. Applying a direct coat of paint over the old coating will not work and eventually will tend to peel, especially if it has a glossy finish. Prepare the wooden surface first with these simple steps:
- Gently sand to create a grip on the surface to be painted with 280-grit sandpaper. Architectural paint will not be lead paint unless in very hold heritage homes as it has been regulated in Canada for many years.
- Remove loose particles.
- Apply one coat of undercoat and let it dry following manufacturers recommendations.
- Apply the topcoat, let it dry, and then apply the first layer of finish, satin, semi-gloss, or gloss, if it is required for that surface and allow it to dry. Sand in between coats for a smoother finish if required for if the surface is rough.
You can use a primer to thoroughly cover the old colour, then apply 1 or 2 coats of the new paint. Paint & primer in one paints are a newer option, which could be ideal for your situation and even shorten the project.
One way to prevent, or slow, corrosion is by coating the metal. Coating prevents water and oxygen from contacting the metal. Paint or other coatings will slow corrosion, but they are not effective once scratched.
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