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Forum topic by Coleby posted 03-22-2011 03:53 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2011 03:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing sanding

I just built a bench and would like a step by step process that leads to a professionally painted finish. What is the best filler for dings as well as large patch work? Should I sand between priming coats as well as paint coats What grits to use?? Any advice would be great. Thanks!

-- Dean,

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 06:21 AM

How much painting have you done in the past? No offense, but your questions suggest pretty limited experience.

If your bench absolutely, positively, has to look professionally painted, I see two options:

1. Set it aside while you read up and practice, practice, practice until you feel ready.
2. Call a cabinet finishing shop. If you get the right one, they may let you help (or at least watch) so you can see how it’s done.

I say this because – although I’m middling fair at painting and finishing – I’m not in the same league as the guy who does all but the very simplest of my finish/paint projects.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 06:26 AM

Is it going to be used a lot, inside, outside? are you looking for a glossy finish? What type of wood was it built with. What kind of large patch work are you looking at fixing.

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 06:53 AM

Eh Sawkerf : )..........not to be judgemental or jump the gun but I dont see any projects you’ve built and or painted so I’m curious ?...........and then I read the rest of your post

and I second that one : )

how to do a professional paint job, with ZERO experience. Thats hilarious and no offence but thats the funniest thing I’ve read in awhile.

Sawkerf is “BANG” on. : )

Home Depot, where I presently live, has good staff in the paint department, surprisingly,’s true. Cant speak for where you live and sometimes they have free courses.


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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