Asked on Sep 12, 2015

I need help with a botched paint job

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I painted a tray to in a berry red. I then used crackle paint and painted over with blue. I hate how it looks and want to just have it in the original red, but painting over the blue makes it a purple-y colour. Can anyone please help?
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  • Ruidoso Ruidoso on Sep 13, 2015
    About the only thing you can do is to paint a white primer over it as covering red paint is difficult.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Sep 13, 2015
    Try chalk paint

  • Joanne Joanne on Sep 13, 2015
    Chalk paint it Walmart sells ""waverly chalky finish paint ," ( not to be confused with chalk board paint) michaels sells "" americana decor chalky paint"" and also Martha Stewart chalky paint, all have fabulous colors , then seal with clear wax and use your choice of dark or lighting antiquing wax if you want to add demintion, heavy used items I see with "" poly acrylic "" ( torquoise can) from Home Depot Walmart ect

    • Joanne Joanne on Sep 13, 2015
      Or just chalk paint an leave plain , remember in michaels an hobby lobby they always have a 40% coupon on line or your smart phone for one item ( check Joanne fabric an ac Moore I think the same coupons)

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 13, 2015
    I think the only thing to do is to remove the paint and start over. Reapplying more layers of any kind of paint will make the paint crack.

  • Che1451078 Che1451078 on Sep 13, 2015
    I would do a light sanding and then you could use a primer and repaint it with the red. I hate when you have an idea and it doesn't come out the way you liked it to :( But you'll get there! Good luck!

    • Louise Lightening Louise Lightening on Sep 13, 2015
      Thanks so much Cherylchrtr. It looks so good in your mind's eye..... but not in reality, alas! I did sand down as much as I could, painted two coats of white undercoat paint and then red paint again. It looks almost as good as when I first painted it all red!!

  • Emily Emily on Sep 13, 2015
    Crackle paint is probably not the best idea for a tray that will be used as a tray as the items on it will wear the crackle off. That wasn't your question though. I agree the best thing to do is to remove the paint with paint remover and start over. You could also just try to find a new tray and start with that. BTW you can use a base paint that is oil and then after it is dry put a coat of Elmer's glue on it. When that dries paint it with a top coat of latex paint and it will crackle. My niece told me this trick. (hope the type of paint is not the other way around)

    • Louise Lightening Louise Lightening on Sep 13, 2015
      Thanks for all your advice. I ended up sanding, then reprinting with two coast of white undercoat and then the red again. Looks almost as good as when I first started. I am using it more for decorative purposes, so the crackle probably wouldn't have been such s big problem.thwnks for all the advice though!

  • Slgibbs1 Slgibbs1 on Sep 13, 2015
    I'd use paint stripper