Paint the table - the best way to do it

To make the old table shine in new splendor, it is advisable to repaint it. How best to go about it, which devices are suitable, and what to pay attention to, read extensively in this post.

Produce a suitable surface

Before painting, the following things are especially important:

  • The surface must be ground completely smooth
  • Cracks, scratches, quirks and damage must be completely repaired
  • old paint layers must be completely removed

smooth grinding

That can mean a lot of work. Especially with edges and corners, the smooth grinding is complex. But it is necessary, as the slightest unevenness under the varnish (even more under light varnish) will later become clearly visible. Also, be sure to wipe the sanding dust after sanding with a lint-free cloth after each sanding cycle (!). Otherwise, the sanding result may become irregular during fine sanding.

Wood filler

All unevenness must be repaired very carefully with a suitable wooden spatula. Be sure to use a suitable wooden spatula and sand it separately after curing. Then it is simply mitgeschliffen with the whole table surface.

Remove old paint layers

Old paint is often not easy to sand. In this case, you often do not come around a stripper. Always use these chemicals very carefully and observe the necessary safety measures. After stripping, always wash the tables thoroughly and let them dry, then sand again. Also caustic soda can help in some cases.

paint sprayers

These devices produce very thin and very uniform layers of paint. This is very important when painting. In addition, sprayers work much more evenly on edges and in corners than one could usually do by hand.

Suitable paint sprayers, which you can use for all painting and painting work, can be purchased in DIY stores from 60 - 70 EUR.

Paint the table - step by step

  • table
  • suitable paint, possibly primer if necessary
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper in different grain sizes
  • sharpener
  • Roller and brush, possibly sprayer
  • clean, soft cloth (lint-free!)

1. Mending

Correct all damaged areas and depressions carefully. Sand the spots after curing.

2. Sand surface

The surface must be sanded very carefully, taking care also on corners and edges. Use up to 240 grit in several grinding cycles. After each sanding cycle, wipe the sanding dust thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.

3. Painting

Apply paint in at least 2 - 3 layers. If you gradually grind more finely (up to 600 grit is possible) and then apply a layer of varnish again, you get a very shiny surface.

Tips & Tricks

Make sure that oiled tables are difficult or impossible to paint. The oil penetrates very deeply into the wood and then prevents the adhesion even after sanding. Let yourself be advised by the specialist trade about suitable paints.

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