Also known as parawood, rubberwood is derived from the Pará rubber tree. The sap from the rubberwood tree is a component in the manufacturing of latex; once the sap is depleted, the wood from the tree is often used to make furniture. Rubberwood has a tendency to warp, but you can combat this problem and enhance the appearance of the wood by finishing it with paint. Unfortunately, rubberwood is not well-suited for adhesion and will reject painted finishes unless you properly condition it first. Choose the proper primer based on the location and condition of the rubberwood, then apply each coating in a specific manner to prevent the finish from drying with unsightly flaws.
Things You'll Need
- Tack cloths
- Professional painter's tape
- Masking paper
- Roller frame
- Nap roller cover
- 3-inch polyester paintbrush
- Latex primer
- Acrylic latex primer
- Latex paint
- Acrylic enamel
- Oil-based primer
Wipe down the rubberwood with sticky tack cloths.
Cover the portions of the rubberwood that you don't want to paint, using painter's tape.
Coat the rubberwood with primer, using a roller. Use a latex primer on interior rubber wood. Use an acrylic latex primer on exterior rubberwood. Apply primer to a single 3-foot-by-3-foot area at a time. Promote a slick finish by smoothing the wet primer with a polyester paintbrush -- brush vertically, applying very gentle pressure. Continue until you've primed all of the rubberwood and allow two hours of drying time.
Wash the polyester brush and roller with tap water.
Paint the rubberwood just as you primed it. Use latex paint for ordinary rubberwood surfaces. Use acrylic enamel on rubberwood subject to duress. Allow two hours of drying time.