How to Paint Furniture With High Gloss

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Painting furniture is a great way to extend its life. Choosing high-gloss paint requires meticulous preparation to get started, but once you've painted the piece, the high-gloss surface will stand up to wear and tear. Its durability makes high-gloss paint a great choice for furniture that get a lot of use, especially in children's rooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • One gallon interior enamel primer, or more if needed
  • Paint stirrer
  • Paint brush
  • One gallon high-gloss paint, or more if needed
  • Sand the furniture well, so that you have a completely smooth surface to paint. If the furniture has old paint on it, sand it gently to even out the surface. If it has a shiny surface, rough it up with sandpaper before smoothing it out again. High-gloss paint shows every flaw, so it's important to get your surfaces totally smooth.

  • Use a damp cloth to wipe down the piece, and sweep or vacuum up any loose sandpaper grit in your work area.

  • Open the primer; stir it with a paint stirrer. Use a paintbrush to neatly apply a uniform coat of primer to your furniture. Let the primer dry for 24 hours.

  • Open and stir the high-gloss paint. Use a clean brush to paint the piece. When you have applied a complete coat of paint, let it dry thoroughly.

  • Use the brush to apply a second coat of paint to the furniture, being sure your application is smooth and even. Let the piece dry completely, and make any touch-ups, if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your paint layers fairly thin. You might need more than two coats to achieve the look you want, so be patient and keep applying thin layers of paint until you are happy with the way your furniture looks. If you're painting furniture with lots of nooks, crannies and details, consider using a spray primer. It works just like regular spray paint and can speed up your work time.
  • Always paint in a well-ventilated area.

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