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08-14-2015 09:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding rocking chair paint challenge antique vintage question

Hello all,

My wife and I picked up a cute old rocking chair at a localauction, and we have an anniversary coming up. I think the rocker would lend itself well to some cleaning, sanding, and painting, but I wanted to get some extra opinions on how much effort it would take to make this look good.

I’m planning to take off the cushions and reupholster them. For the rest of the chair, I know my wife would love it painted black, and I’m confident I can do that well. I’m curious though if I need to sand this vigorously, down to the wood? Can I sand it modestly, removing the imperfections and leveling the surface so it’s free of divots? Or could i even get away with a light sanding just to make sure the new coat takes?

I plan to do most of the sanding by hand so I know it will take time. Since it will be manual though, I’m hoping i can avoid dis-assembly- this old chair is very sturdy as is! Do you think I can avoid taking it apart?

Thanks for any tips and guidance around this effort, I’m very excited to deliver a good looking product to my lady! Thanks also for alerting me to any other hiccups I may run into but haven’t considered here.


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#1 posted 08-14-2015 10:39 PM

Look at the bottom of the feet – I’ve seen enough chairs in that style that were walnut to bet that’s what it is. If your heart is set on painting it just give at a light sanding and don’t lose any detail – I like it as is though.

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#2 posted 08-17-2015 04:41 PM

Thanks for the tip dhazelon, I will have a look underneath to see if I can determine if it’s walnut.

I also felt that a light sand would probably suffice. My hesitation came – and maybe its not quite visible in the pictures- because it looks like it has been painted before, but the previous paint work left some uneven surfaces that I hope to avoid when I put no the new coat. The existing paint has some bubbles and globs raising it in some places, and in other places they just painted over chips or ruts in the previous coat, so that overall the surface has peaks, plains, and valleys all together.

Will light sanding eliminate all of this, or to smooth the old issues out should i look at a more lengthy and thorough sanding finish? Thanks again for opinions and ideas everyone!

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 01:28 PM

You’ll have to work a bit longer on those areas if you want them gone. Just be careful on the spool and spindle type areas so you don’t flatten them down. Again, to me – it’s an old chair. I have no problem with that sort of character.

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