How to Protect Painted Furniture

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Depending on the quality of the paint used on your furniture, you may actually have to do very little to protect it. If the paint is high-quality and applied evenly over a base of primer, you don't have to do much but wipe the furniture down with a damp cloth now and again. However, if you're unsure of the quality of the paint used, you may want to take a few steps to protect the durability and beauty of your painted furniture. A quick and thorough cleaning, plus a final top-coat of lacquer, is all you need to protect your painted furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray lacquer (shellac-based is best) Soft cloth or rag Bucket of hot water Non-bleach liquid detergent Borax White vinegar Fine-grain sandpaper Dust cloth Wax-based furniture conditioner

How to Protect Painted Furniture

  • Follow the directions on the package of the liquid detergent to creative a detergent mixture using water.

  • Dampen the cloth or rag with the liquid detergent and wipe over furniture. Follow with a clean, damp towel to clean off the soap.

  • Mix two tablespoons of borax with three tablespoons of vinegar to create a paste. Apply this paste to remove tougher stains on the furniture. Wipe off with clean, damp cloth.

  • If there are any particularly tough stains, use a fine-grained sandpaper to sand them away. Always be very careful using this method, however, as you don't want to damage the original paint.

  • Follow the manufacturer's directions for using the spray lacquer. Make sure you spray the furniture evenly, and always perform this step in a well-ventilated area.

  • Allow the lacquer top-coat to dry for 24 hours.

  • Apply a wax-based furniture conditioner.

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