Best paint for high use table: oil enamel?

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Forum topic by CraftyRob posted 12-04-2014 06:47 PM 1016 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2014 06:47 PM

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I’m building a table for in our kitchen that will probably be heavily used over the years, so I’m looking for a very durable finish. The skirt and legs of the table are maple and the top is cherry. We purchased some chairs for this table that have black legs and backs with stained seats. The intention is to paint the table skirt and legs to match the chairs ( gives you an idea of the look I’m going for).

I’d like to use an oil enamel and spray it using my HVLP sprayer, however I’ve been having trouble finding non-glossy oil enamel. The finish on the chairs that I’d like to match is more of a satin sheen, but all the paint suppliers I’ve visited only carry gloss in oil enamel.

Where can I find satin oil enamel?
Could I just use gloss oil enamel, and overcoat it with a satin poly or lacquer (I don’t want the appearance of a “thick” finish)?
Is there another alternative?

Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 08:04 PM

Why not just use 0000 steel wool?

I usually buy gloss poly, then make it satin by way of 3-M or steel wool. But that’s because they put pigment in the gloss to tone it and the deeper you build it the more of the wood appearance is lost.

You can also go over the top with latex semigloss or satin. Again, you’d want to use something to insure adhesion.

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 09:47 PM

When painting my machinery I always use enamel paint it goes on really easily without great brush marks.The stuff I always use sells here under the name (1C 90) or QC 90 look it up if you cannot find it let me know and I will check it out it isn’t cheap but it goes on usually in one coat.It works beautifully with wood too .Alistair

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 09:54 PM

Found it it says metal paint but does anything.Alistair

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 09:59 PM

I’d let it cure for a couple of weeks then rub it out with steel wool.

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 10:29 PM

You could also knock the gloss down with automotive rubbing or polishing compound. This is not the wax product, but stuff like this. The same caution about waiting a few weeks for it to cure applies…..

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#6 posted 05-27-2015 08:56 PM

I finally finished the table:
I ended up using gloss oil enamel paint, and sprayed it using a harbor freight hvlp sprayer. The final coat was pretty much exactly the sheen I wanted (not too glossy), so I didn’t even have to use steel wool or anything.

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#7 posted 05-27-2015 09:39 PM

Turned out nice. But I’m curious why you found it so difficult to get a satin enamel. Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, heck – even Rustoleum has oil based enamels in satin finishes.


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#8 posted 05-27-2015 10:30 PM

Somehow those items didn’t turn up on my web searches, and I even walked into a Sherwin Williams and two other smaller paint stores to ask. They all claimed that they had nothing.
I’ll keep that in mind for next time though.

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#9 posted 05-27-2015 10:39 PM

You need to know what it is specifically that you want when you go in. The Sherwin Williams stores around my neck of the woods are of no more help than the big box stores. They even sell some of the same stuff. SW makes some killer industrial coatings up to and including aircraft paints and these people have not a clue…

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