“Is this the no-prep paint I’ve been hearing so much about?”
I’ll be honest with you, there’s no such thing as no-prep paint. There is no single paint that can stick to every surface without analyzing that surface first. However, prep doesn’t always mean completely stripping a piece down to the bare wood.
- Your surface to be painted (these instructions cover most pieces with a slight varnish or lacquered finish, or one that has been painted in an acrylic paint)
- TSP or another de-greaser
- 220 grit sandpaper or sanding pad
- Lint-free cloth
Step 1: Clean your piece!
Use the TSP (or de-greaser) to remove dirt, grime, and grease from the surface of your piece. If you’re working with a clean surface you can skip this step.
Paint won’t stick if your piece is dirty! Usually, we like to spray the tsp cleaning solution, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then remove excess with a wet rag. Let the piece dry before moving to the next step.
Step 2: If your surface is shiny, “Scuff” the surface.
When you scuff the surface, your paint glides onto it so much nicer, and the “tooth” you’ve given it allows it to bind and adhere much easier. Using your 220 sanding paper/pad, lightly sand the surface of your piece. Your goal here is not to remove the entirety of the original finish; you just want to scratch the finish and add “tooth” so that the paint has something to stick to. Essentially it will look a bit duller overall. After sanding, be sure to use the dry, lint-free cloth to remove the dust. Don’t wet the surface again – this gets rid of the tooth!
Step 3: Paint!
I hope these quick tips have given you the confidence and inspiration you need to tackle your next project and paint it beautiful!