Yesterday I was reminded (in a not so pleasant way) what the most important step to a quality paint job is… the prep. And in my opinion, the most important "prep-step" is sanding. Not the primer, not the filling, but the sanding.
I was reminded because I didn't prep correctly, then paid the price later with peeling paint. Arg.
Last week I was out with the flu - all week - and with my schedule pretty packed, it put me behind. And what do you do when you're behind? You hurry!
I hurried a bit too much and didn't properly sand the edges of a few drawers before I primed. I realized this when I came back through to sand the primer and paint started peeling off!
Lucky for me, it only happened on small parts of the drawers that I didn't rough up well enough and not the hole thing!
Here's a close up.
The drawers look fine now and the first coat of paint is on, but the goof up put me behind a couple hours.
This leads me back to the whole 'sanding is the most important step' thing.
When I started painting furniture around my house six years ago, there were no DIY blogs. - and who wanted to use the internet with that whole dial up connection thing, anyway? Because of this, I had no idea what kind of paint to use, when to sand, when not to sand and I didn't use primer. I thought primer was for dark walls.
I painted with latex wall paint, no clear coat and didn't prime anything. The one thing that saved me was being an
Because of this, the black paint I used to paint Colby's bunk bed six years ago - without primer and without a clear coat - is still holding strong.
It's good to be an over-sander. Because I'm an over-sander, up until yesterday, I've never dealt with peeling paint before!
(Sanding is what helps surfaces grip the paint. It is extra-essential when painting a glossier piece of furniture - or laminate. Paint doesn't stick to glossy surfaces well!)
Moral of the story: occasionally, it's good to be reminded what not to do.