little red rocker refinish

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Forum topic by Chris Cook posted 01-20-2017 01:13 AM 682 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris Cook

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01-20-2017 01:13 AM

So my wife has this little red rocking chair from her childhood, it was my daughters and now she wants to give it to our soon to come grand child (due in august, our first).

She asked if I could re-finish it and paint another color.

Question: Do I need to strip the old paint off first? If so, how?

thank you!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 01-20-2017 02:42 AM

If you are going to another color, sand a small area first and paint with the new color and see if you have adequate coverage so the old color does not show through. If it works, you’re golden, rough up the rest of the paint by lightly sanding and repaint. If the old color does show through, you will have to strip with paint stripper and get down to the bare wood before you repaint.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 01-20-2017 03:22 AM

Don’t strip away the history on that little rocker. Sand lightly, wipe with mineral spirits, and put a good oil based paint on it. Two coats should do fine.

Word of warning. I recently bought some oil based low VOC paint for a little stool I had made for a kid. He wanted it in John Deere green. No problem, except the stuff was very slow to dry, and when I put the second coat on it, it never dried. Had to remove all the paint and try again. I called the manufacturer and he said “ya gotta let the first coat dry”. 24 hours was not enough, so I waited a few days and the second coat went on fine.

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#3 posted 01-20-2017 03:14 PM

Thanks to both of you, this helps a ton!

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#4 posted 01-20-2017 04:34 PM

It depends on what color you are going to paint it. It will be hard to make it a lighter color such as pastel and not have the underlying color show through without stripping off the red. If you are going with something dark you will be ok with the above mentioned advice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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