In this project I used paint conditioner for the first time.
(image via homedepot.com)
It's a must for getting a really nice finish on your final product. I found that I had to give my project an extra coat, though. Floetrol is for latex paints, and Penetrol is the version for oil-based paints.
Dresser, craigslist purchase, $65
Zinsser 123 primer, $15/gal [used less than 1 qt]
Olympic 15-year, base 2 in semigloss, $15/gal [used less than 1 qt]
Floetrol latex paint conditioner, $9.97/qt [used less than half]
Krylon ORB spray paint, $2.97/can [used ~ 1/4]
good paint brush, already had
sandpaper, 150 and 320 grit, already had
total cost: ~$79; refinishing cost: $14
not the cheapest, but definitely better than spending the same money for new furniture.
- Remove hardware, clean and set aside
- Sand all surfaces to be painted with 150 grit paper
- Wipe surfaces
- Prime, 2 coats
- Sand with 320 grit paper
- Paint with floetrol-diluted semigloss
- Repeat 5 & 6 to get the desired finish
- Spray hardware with ORB
- Reinstall hardware
- Correct ratio (for me) was pretty close to the maximum that the Floetrol can indicates; this increased the number of coats for full coverage.
- Floetrol increases drying time, plan on letting the paint dry/cure overnight