Which paint on what (part II)

Following our previous topics on which paint should you use on what type of surface, here are a few more tips about the subject that will surely come in handy!

Types of Paint for Laminate Surfaces

Painting laminate furniture is a whole other beast. It can be done, but not super easily. To paint laminate furniture, you should always prime the piece first.

  • Latex Paints

After priming your piece, you can follow up with at least two coats of latex paint. Just like I noted above, use a good brush and Floetrol to prevent brush strokes.

  • Oil Based Paints

You can also use oil-based paints over laminate if you first prime it.

Oil based paint
Oil based paint
  • Velvet Finishes

Use Velvet Finishes over laminate furniture before – it will do pretty well. We still suggest using a good primer on it first though.

  • Topcoat It

With laminate furniture, we suggest giving it some extra protection. Give it a couple coats of Polycrylic after you finish painting it to really try and protect that surface.

Types of Paint for Plastic Surfaces

  • Spray Paint

Hands-down, anytime Ithere’s something plastic to paint, head for the spray paint. It’s the easiest way to get the paint on there without brush strokes and gives pretty good adhesion on plastic pieces. Prime the piece first with a spray paint primer (especially if it’s really shiny) and then follow up with a few coats of spray paint.

Spray paint
spray cans

Types of Paint for Metal Surfaces

Go with one of two paints when it comes to metal surfaces: Oil-Based Paint or Spray Paint. If it’s a big metal piece go with oil-based paint. If it’s something metal that’s smaller, go with spray paint.

  • Oil-Based Paint

Oil-Based paints bond really well to metal surfaces. You can use it in a paint sprayer if you want to or brush it on. Just remember, always use a good, high quality paintbrush! It really does make a world of difference when painting. One thing to remember when you are painting something with oil-based paint that’s bigger in scale is to work in sections. You can’t easily go back over places to touch them up after you’ve already put one coat of paint on. While oil-based paint takes longer to dry, that also means your finish gets messed up if you try to go back over a part that is partially dried.

  • Spray Paint

If you’ve got something smaller that’s metal, let’s say a lamp or something, then head for the spray paint aisle. It’s just easier to work with and will still provide great adhesion and durability.

So that’s all for now.

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