Can you use floor paint on wood furniture?

by 861650
Putting top coats on painted furniture has been a pain. Streaks is the worst problem no matter how I apply it. Polyurethane is what I have always used. So tired of "do-overs."

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  • William William on Oct 23, 2017

    You can use any kind of paint you choose. Still needs a topcoat to protect the finish. Try using a foam brush and at least three coats of a water based polyurethane.

    • 861650 861650 on Oct 23, 2017

      William, somebody must have hit me in the head with a hammer...I've used a foam brush, (no squeezing or pressing hard) a folded up cloth and brushes too. Allowed the paint to cure 7-8 days before applying top coat. Applied slowly in one direction. This last project was a coffee table top. The first and second coats was awful. So much streaking...and then sanding. The third coat was the charm with one small streak. Hey, I'm living with it.

  • Fauxgal Fauxgal on Oct 23, 2017

    Perhaps change to this:

    First, you don't have to take your doors off to paint them on cabinets or furniture, but I would take the drawers out. Just use an artist's brush around the inner hinges of the doors.

    So, start with cleaning them really well. I recommend TSP (use gloves); rinse well. Let dry.

    Then electric sand them in the direction of the grain only. Clean that off.

    Wipe it down with white rubbing alcohol.

    Buy quality, soft, brushes that are made for acrylic paints.

    I recommend PPG/Porter Paints Advantage 900 paint, in semi-gloss sheen. It is very, very durable and will stick to stain. (soap and water clean-up)

    Paint thin coats on, and let each coat dry overnight.

    Sand very lightly between each coat by hand with a soft, fine, sanding sponge.

    In the end, once the color has built up sufficiently, you will not need to put a sealing poly coat on. This paint is slightly shiny, and very strong.

    Paint takes 30 days to fully cure. *Don't set anything on your cabinet for about a week and a half - two weeks. Make sure when you clean in the future, that you don't spray them with spray cleaners. Just gently clean with soap and water, and dry them off.

    **IF your weather is wet for very long, then you will need even longer before you use it. Good Luck!

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    • 861650 861650 on Oct 23, 2017

      Thanks for your reply. I really did get tired of sanding as those streaks are hard to remove...Snort! I want to use floor paint specifically so I will be doing a lot of research before buying.

  • William William on Oct 23, 2017

    Polyurethane flows and is self leveling. If the paint or stain surface isn't smooth that will reflect in the clear coat. Primer is also generally self leveling so usually the paint should be smooth. That is the reason I use three coats of poly and lightly sand with a purple Scotch Bright pad in between coats.

    • 861650 861650 on Oct 23, 2017

      You just may have a point about the surface which is a coffee table top. I hand sanded the paint with one of those "block" thingys...hmmmm. Even if I had used an electric sander, how can you tell if it is smooth and level? Somewhere in time I read that you're supposed to sand the same amount of passes along the entire table. Hey! I could use a level. LOL! LOL!

  • William William on Oct 23, 2017

    I have never sanded the paint. I sand what I'm painting to remove any gloss. Then I prime. I like KILZ. Then I paint my finish. Three coats of poly lightly sanding in between coats.

  • 861650 861650 on Oct 23, 2017

    Understood and thanks!

  • Fauxgal Fauxgal on Oct 23, 2017

    Ok. But I've been doing furniture and cabinetry professionally, for 25 years. Track record.