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        I recently bought two really cute nightstands and want to paint them. I just have a few questions...

        1. Do I need to full sand them or just enough to rough up what is already on there?
        2. Do I need to apply primer when painting furniture?
        3. Last time I painted a dresser it ended up sticky... forever.. Why would that be? Not waiting long enough between coats?
        4. Do I have to put any sort of top coat on after the paint?

        I want to do it right this time! A little advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!
         
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        Originally posted by jelyko:
        I recently bought two really cute nightstands and want to paint them. I just have a few questions...

        1. Do I need to full sand them or just enough to rough up what is already on there?

        You want to sand to break down any gloss finish that may be there already, plus to really clean the surface. Even though you'll use sandpaper, the goal is to smooth everything out, not make it rough so make sure you use a find grit.

        2. Do I need to apply primer when painting furniture?

        Most of the time - yes. Primer will make for a smoother finish if there are areas with bare wood plus primers will stick better to a slick finish if any remains.
        3. Last time I painted a dresser it ended up sticky... forever.. Why would that be? Not waiting long enough between coats?

        As you have noted, not waiting long enough between coats will keep things tacky forever. Also, make sure that the paint and the item being painted is warm enough.

        4. Do I have to put any sort of top coat on after the paint?

        Depending on the paint but usually no. Check the recommendations of whatever paint you use.

        I want to do it right this time! A little advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!


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