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Give wood a vivid finish

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Start with a smooth surface

Start with a smooth surface

Begin by sanding your project parts up to 180 grit. Remove all sanding dust with a vacuum and a clean rag. Then use a vacuum or compressed air to remove any loose fibers from the paint applicator pads. We're applying this finish to a bed designed to be disassembled for moving; for projects you'll glue together, mask the joint areas for a better wood-to-wood glue bond.

To make this finish, mix equal amounts of oil-based enamel paint and mineral spirits in a clean container to create a translucent finish called a toner coat. Different paint colors thin to different shades, so lighten or darken the color as you choose by varying the amount of solvent. Then fill the bottom of a paint tray with thinned finish.


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Halldoor wrote:

I have used similar technique before with artists oil paints works well. Biggest draw back we have here in IL. is stores can't sell oil paint any more with the new VOC laws in effect.

6/7/2012 11:07:32 AM Report Abuse

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