What Kind of Paint Do I Use?

When painting furniture or rooms of your home, you may be wondering what kind of paint to use. Most people do not have vast painting experience, so the average home owner has a minimal understanding when choosing a paint type for a particular project. There are various formats of paint to pick from, and you want to be sure you choose the right option for your project. Below is a small guide on paint types and how they can be used in the home.

Wood Surface Projects

What kind of paint wood surface

If you are painting wooden furniture, you will find there are a significant number of painting options to choose from. With a little practice, you will find the paint type that best suits your style. Oil-based paint is perfect for wood furniture makeovers as it is quite durable over time. However, this kind of paint can be harder to use than latex. You must use a high-quality paint brush, one that works well with this paint type. Also, be sure to not paint over latex paint with oil-based paint, as it will not work. You need a water based primer to cover latex with oil-based paints.

Basic latex paint is a top choice for painting wooden furniture as it covers well and is easy to use. However, it is not as durable as oil-based so be sure to note the color mix when painting in case you must recover over time. Use a semi-gloss or gloss sheen finish to avoid having to add a topcoat of polyacrylic for a quality surface.

Specialty paints can also be used when refinishing furniture. Velvet finishes are a nice choice that will provide a lovely look to any piece. This paint has a top coat included and will not require priming or sanding unless the piece has a shiny finish before you begin. Other specialty paints contain chalk paint, a popular trend in today’s furniture. With chalk paint, you have the ability to write on the piece of chalk once completed, so you can quickly turn a piece into a decorative or functional element in the home.

Painting Laminate

If you are ready to tackle painting laminate furniture, you must first know what type of paint to use. Painting laminate furniture can be tough. Always prime the piece first with a quality primer to achieve maximum results. Once primed, you will want to use a latex paint and apply two coats, at the very least. A good brush will assist in this process. Oil based paint can also be used as long as the piece has been primed first. You also want to give a furniture piece a top coat when it has a laminate surface. A polyacrylic is a great option as it helps to protect the surface from damage.

Plastic Surfaces

If you get a wild hair and decide to paint a plastic piece of furniture, such as outdoor chairs or pots for plants, you can do so! Spray paint works best for these types of projects. You will avoid having any brush strokes, and the piece will take the paint well. Use a spray paint primer to begin and then follow up with several coats of spray paint. Top brands include Rust-Oleum and Krylon.

Cape Ace Hardware has everything you need to get the job done. We carry high-quality paints such as Benjamin Moore, Valspar, and Clark+Kensington, Ace’s new line of paint. Stop in today to get started on your next project!