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    spray-painting wood furniture - HELP!

    i have some really cheap, ugly, target-style wooden chairs (bookshelves, stool, etc.) that i'm taking to my new apartment with me - but i want to spruce them up a bit before i do. i've been thinking about spraypainting them silver/gold - but can't figure out if i need to sand/prime them before i'd do this or not? does anyone have experience with this who can tell me what i need to do? i know this is probably a dumb question - i just don't want to do any unneccesary work, OR not do the work and ruin the chairs (even though they're already pretty damn ugly)... help?

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    I almost never sand anything before I spraypaint it.
    Is it already finished with something? If it is, then you probably should sand that finish off.

    I would recommend washing it off with warm soapy water, and then letting it dry. Then get some primer in a spray can, and prime it. Let that dry for a day, and then spraypaint it. If you want, you could just do one chair, and have it be the tester. If it works out okay on that one, do the rest. If not, at least you only painted one of them.

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    I agree with the Jedi---you can find spray paint that will cover anything (even plastic!); and who knows what you'd find if you sanded it. Most of those discount store furniture pieces are made with pressboard with a veneer finish.

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    I'd say it never hurts to do a light sanding and a coat of primer....just to make sure your paint sticks. But probably a light sanding will be sufficient. If you're planning on white or light colored paint, then you definitely want a primer so whatever is underneath won't bleed thru.

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    thanks for your help!

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    I do this a LOT- light sand -then prime- Also Lightly- OR some spray paints fall right off


 

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