How to Paint Wood Furniture

Painting wood furniture with MudPaint is easy to do.  Follow these steps:

  1. Clean the surface well.
  2. A light sanding is recommended. If you are painting over peeling paint, scrape and sand to smooth.
  3. If there are holes, fill them with wood filler and then sand smooth.
  4. A primer is not needed on most surfaces. However, if a smooth or slick surface, painting a lighter color, painting over a stain or wood with red undertones, or if painting a wood that is known to bleed, a primer is recommended.  MudPaint is compatible with water based primers, cover stain and KILZ.
  5. Be sure surface is free of dust.  
  6. Clean with wet rag and allow to dry completely.  
  7. Before using paint, shake can vigorously and stir thoroughly.  
  8. Apply paint with a brush, working in the direction of the grain of the wood.  
  9. For a more distressed look, paint any which way.
  10. Most surfaces need only a single coat.
  11. If applying a second coat, allow to dry, and then lightly sand between coats.
  12. Allow to dry completely before sanding if distressing.  
  13. Finish with a clear coat for high traffic areas.  For low traffic areas, finish with wax.

* There are a number of reasons why paint will crack.  Poor surface preparation, paint drying too fast, applying a second or third coat of paint before the previous coat dries completely, applying paint too thick, and over-spreading paint.

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