If you would like to paint lacquered furniture, you will need to consider a pair of important points. First, because lacquered paint is slick and glossy, it is poorly-suited for paint adhesion. You will need to condition the lacquered surface through abrasion techniques. In addition, because lacquered furniture is so smooth, you should employ a particular application strategy that will promote a smooth, professional-looking finish, free of sagging, runs and brushstrokes.
Things You'll Need
- Palm sander
- 220-grit sandpaper
- Tack cloth
- Heavy-duty fabric drop cloth
- Blue painter's tape
- 2- to 3-inch oil-based paintbrush
- Oil-based primer
- Mineral spirits
- 5-gallon bucket
- Wooden stir stick
- Measuring cup
- Oil-based enamel paint
Work in a well-ventilated area, like an open garage.
Abrade the lacquered furniture to stimulate adhesion by sanding it with a palm sander fitted with 220-grit sandpaper. Sand until the glossy lacquered coating appears dull.
Remove dust from the sanded furniture by wiping it down with a tack cloth.
Place the furniture on top of a fabric drop cloth. Cover any parts of the furniture you do not want painted with painter's tape.
Apply a coat of oil-based primer to the abraded lacquered furniture, using a paintbrush manufactured for applying oil-based paints. Allow the primer to dry for two hours.
Wash the brush with mineral spirits.
Dilute the oil-based enamel paint to promote a smoother finish by stirring in one ounce of mineral spirits for every gallon of paint. Mix the water and paint in a 5-gallon bucket. Stir for five minutes using a wooden stir stick.
Apply two thin coats of the diluted enamel paint using the cleaned paintbrush. Do not over-apply, as this will lead to runs and drips. Allow two hours of dry time between coats. Allow the paint to dry and cure for six hours before using the furniture.
Tips & Warnings
- Although you may use acrylic latex primer and paint to coat lacquered furniture, the finish will not be as durable.
- Do not use plain rags in place of a sticky tack cloth, or you may leave behind dust that could inhibit adhesion.
- Do not attempt to cover the lacquered furniture in one, thick coat of paint, or you may end up with a messy-looking finish.