What is needed to paint a old shiny dresser?

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Wanting to paint a dresser to look Americana but has a very shiny laquered finish.
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  • David McIntosh David McIntosh on Jun 08, 2017
    Sand it down... use a good primer and then paint it with whatever paint color and finish you want.

    Sanding and Priming is CRITICAL!

  • Sas11689319 Sas11689319 on Jun 08, 2017
    I would strip off the old paint and start fresh, its a lot of work but well worth it, good luck

  • Ann F Marcus Ann F Marcus on Jun 08, 2017
    Having refinished furniture many times, if you want something to adhere to a shiny surface, you must sand it first....FYI, not sure if you are going for the distressed look, but take a paint brush & vaseline & paint dabs/streaks on your piece, paint & when paint is dry, wipe away the vaseline....instant distress.

  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jun 08, 2017
    If you use chalk paint you don't need to sand. Just clean the surface. Depending on how heavy the laquer is, you may want to get a sample of chalk paint to be sure it will stick, but it sticks to most anything.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 09, 2017
    Chalk paint will do the job with the least amount of prep!

  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 09, 2017
    Lightly sand the surface with 220-grit sand paper. Then use Chalk Paint and seal with clear wax. Good luck!