During the renovation process, the question of how to paint furniture without smears and streaks, for many becomes the most relevant. In order for the coating to be applied evenly and thinly, you should know a couple of sectors. Among them are choosing the right brush, paint, following a special technique and some practical tips.
How to choose a brush that does not leave smears?
To know how to paint furniture without brush marks, everyone who at least once in life has taken on this work dreams. The first thing you should pay attention to before starting work is the selection of tools for painting. Brushes are the most common of them. Some people prefer to use a roller. But it is suitable only for large surfaces and they can not paint the corners of furniture, hard to reach places.
CAUTION: The choice of brush should begin with determining the size of the surface to be painted and access to it. From this depends on whether you need to buy a wide poppy or radiator brush, which is useful for quick access to hard-to-reach areas.
How to paint furniture without streaks:
- Purchase a fleur-de-lis. If you need an even, smooth finish, you need to buy a flat brush. It is also called a flute. The bristles come in both artificial and natural. When it comes to the absence of traces after painting furniture, preference should be given to bristles made of synthetic. It is softer, and therefore does not leave streaks.
- Use a radiator brush for hard-to-reach places. To paint the back surface of furniture, chair legs and other, small and awkwardly located parts, you need to use a thin curved radiator brush.
- Use a filigree brush to paint the borders. At furniture joints, it is better to use a brush with a thick pile. It will help to avoid gaps in the borders – the so-called “transparent streaks” that arise when the paint is poorly laid on the surface due to uneven coloring.
Every home repair enthusiast has their own secrets on how to paint furniture without leaving brush strokes. These tips on choosing the right brush will help those who are just about to start painting and do not want to redo the work several times.
Paint without smears and streaks
Another secret of how to paint furniture without leaving brush marks is the right choice of paint. It must match the material of the surface to which the coating is applied. For example, paint for metal will not adhere perfectly to a wooden surface, and vice versa. There are primer paints, the task of which is to provide a perfect even layer on which the main furniture paint will later be applied.
When choosing a paint that does not leave smears and stains, you should pay attention to the following parameters:
- the density of the paint – the higher it is, the thicker the layer will turn out after the work is done;
- adhesion (bonding) level with the surface to be treated – the paint has to adhere tightly to the furniture material, to interact with it, to exclude subsequent flaking 1-2 years after the table, chairs and other items are used
- protection against moisture – materials with such functionality will retain their original appeal, even if the room with the furniture will always be a high level of humidity;
- Resistance to damaging factors – the paint should not rub off, if the furniture was accidentally leaned on 1-2 times.
IMPORTANT: An ideal paint that does not leave smears and streaks, has a dense texture, is easily and evenly applied, is not afraid of moisture and does not crack even after 5 years.
When choosing such paint, you should give preference to products from proven manufacturers. In this case, you do not have to worry about the quality of the coating.
Most often, alkyd and acrylate paints are purchased for furniture. They are applied in a dense layer, are safe for the texture of the furniture and last at least 5 years. These materials are better than others for painting those places that are directly exposed to wear and tear: the handles of cabinets, the seat of chairs, the back or surface of the table.
To make the coating last even longer, a special varnish is applied at the end of the painting process. It gives a glossy shine or makes the surface perfectly matte, but in any case – aligns the previous layer of material and protects furniture from premature wear and tear.
Paint technique without smears and streaks
Paint furniture so that there are no smears and stains, it is not difficult. To do this, a special instruction must be followed:
- Stir the paint after opening the can. Even if the product has a good expiration date, the paint may thicken slightly after being left in the store for a long time. To avoid overdoing it, stir the paint to the optimal consistency before brushing the furniture surface. Do not use a brush that is suitable for staining, as it will otherwise spread too much of the mixture. If you do not have other brushes at hand, before applying the material to the surface wait 1-2 minutes for most of the paint to drain into the jar.
- Dip the bottom edge of the brush so that all the bristles are in the paint. Dip about 1/3 of the tool cover, not the whole bristle. If too little paint is used, streaks will appear on the surface when applied. But too much material is also bad for you: the paint can start to cure, and you’ll get ugly bumps when you smudge it.
- Apply the paint slowly, starting at the top and going as low as possible. The thinner and neater the layer, the better the paint will adhere to the furniture surface. But it is not worth stretching it out when there is nothing left on the brush at all: streaks will appear. You should dip the brush every time the coating becomes thin, but do not allow “transparent” stripes to appear.
TIP: When painting, pay attention to difficult areas: folds, back of legs, handles. You can use a smaller brush with thin bristles to apply a neater layer without streaks and streaks.
Tips and tricks
To paint without streaks, you can use some tricks. If the furniture surface is not even enough, streaks will form due to the presence of small scratches, lumps that will “push” the paint up. To apply a perfectly even layer, you should engage in sanding.
To level the surface of the furniture before applying the paint will help sandpaper or metal mesh with a dusting of diamond crumbs. They will help prepare the furniture for the coat of paint. Sanding should only be done on a dry surface. When it is leveled, you can start painting.
After completing the work, it is recommended to pick up a coat of varnish, which will give the painting a finished look. Matte or glossy – depends on the type of paint and the wishes of the owner of the furniture. Apply the top coat should be applied only after the main furniture paint is 100% dry. It will serve as additional protection against streaks and wear and tear.