How do you paint furniture so that it doesn't scratch off?

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Every time we have painted furniture, we noticed the paint is not hard enough to resist scratching like store-bought painted furniture is. We let it dry for many days so it is not that. What is the secret?

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  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jul 26, 2017
    what kind of paint are you using? Is it appropriate for the pieces you are painting? Do the pieces need to withstand a lot of abuse? If so, you may want to consider putting a sealant over top of the paint...varnish or polycrylic

  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 26, 2017
    did you clean the furniture before painting.....did you sand down the old finish. Did you get all the sanding dust off......did you prime the piece......what type of paint did you put an top. Latex or oil base....ant was the top coat compatable with the primer. How humid is the area when you painted?

  • Peter Anthony Peter Anthony on Jul 26, 2017
    Different woods take paint differently. Hardwood doesn't absorb paint as easily as softwood. Also, latex paint cures on top of what your painting rather than being absorbed. Once you have sanded your project, you should clean it with a mimral spirit such as Naptha. More paint doesn't mean a stronger bond either. If you need more that 2 coats to cover, either you need a better quality paint or the piece hasn't been cleaned well enough. There are spray sealers that you can apply on top of the paint

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jul 26, 2017
    Perhaps its the finish you use . Or how many coats--2 or 3 thin coats is better than 1 thick coat. Are you applying a good polyurethane finish to protect it after ? Some paints require this and some don't .

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Jul 26, 2017
    First sand and clean the piece. Paint, dry and sand with fine grit between each layer process. After you get the paint the right color, seal with a good polyurethane, dry, fine sand. Repeat 4 times. Should hold the paint. The key is all the laborious steps. But you will be happy with the product.

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Jul 27, 2017
    The secret is applying a basecoat of Kilz Adhesion Primer before painting.