|Review by Tedstor||posted 05-03-2013 09:30 PM||4721 views||7 times favorited||22 comments|
Actually, I’ve always liked painting furniture. However, I’ve always felt inclined to use traditional, oil-based paints due to the leveling characteristics and durability. The downside is that oil-based paint is a solid gold PITA to clean-up. It takes longer for me to clean the paint brush than it does to prep and paint the workpiece. And I seem to go through a quart of mineral spirits in the process. And given that I typically prime, then paint, then paint again; I have to endure the routine 3 friggin times. Then I was left with a bunch of HAZMAT to deal with. That said, I’ve avoided the painting process.
However, I recently picked-up a small table for my foyer at a local consignment shop. It was originally some sort of weathered off-white color. I wasn’t crazy about the color, and my wife hated it. I was ordered to strip it down to bare wood or re-paint it a different color. Given that I don’t know the age of the table, I didn’t want to mess with stripping the paint (lead). So I elected to simply re-paint it.
I went to the local Benjamin Moore and asked for a quart of oil-based in “Boreal Forest”. The manager asked if I HAD to have oil based, or if I’d be open to try their Advance waterborne alkyd. He showed me a few samples that had been painted with the stuff and claimed the durability to be as good as oil. And of course, being water based, I could clean the brush with soap and water. I decided to take a chance.
Well, this stuff was absolutely delightful to work with. I’m certainly not a highly experienced painter, and I had no trouble with it. It really behaved like an oil paint. Leveled well and stayed wet long enough to minimalize any brush marks. I work in a well-ventilated garage so smell isn’t a big issue for me, but its worth mentioning that this paint had very little smell to it at all. Anyone with poor ventilation or sensitivities might appreciate that more than I did.
Drying time is about 3-4 hours to the touch. But the label specified 16 hours to sand/repaint.
Its worth mentioning that I used a Corona brand Chinex brush to paint the table. I’ve used $2 brushes and I’ve used $25 brushes in the past. Please- don’t ever use a cheap brush to apply paint. In the end, you won’t be happy with the results. And a high-end brush, if cared for, will last for a very long time. Paint brushes are definitely an item where price indicates quality. The Corona brush was pricey at ~$20, but worth it. The table wouldn’t have looked as good with a $5 bargain brush. But I digress.
The paint was also pricey. $22. I could have got a cheaper product. But paint is one of those things that I don’t typically skimp on. I like to buy paint from….......a paint store. Novel, I know. But I’ve never been unhappy with any product I’ve purchased from Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams. And besides,I also have a dresser I need to paint too. So for $22, I got enough high-end paint for two projects. I can live with that.
Oh, and clean-up went as-advertised. Soap and water had the brush clean in five minutes. The brush wrapper specified a final rinse with mineral spirits since I was using an Alkyd paint. But bottom line is that I got to enjoy painting my project without the usual hassles of clean-up. And the end result was great.
Four stars since the price was kinda high.