How to Paint Lacquered Furniture

If you would like to paint lacquered furniture, you will need to consider a pair of important points. First, because lacquered paint is slick and glossy, it is poorly-suited for paint adhesion. You will need to condition the lacquered surface through abrasion techniques. In addition, because lacquered furniture is so smooth, you should employ a particular application strategy that will promote a smooth, professional-looking finish, free of sagging, runs and brushstrokes.

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Work in a well-ventilated area, like an open garage.

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Abrade the lacquered furniture to stimulate adhesion by sanding it with a palm sander fitted with 220-grit sandpaper. Sand until the glossy lacquered coating appears dull.

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Remove dust from the sanded furniture by wiping it down with a tack cloth.

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Place the furniture on top of a fabric drop cloth. Cover any parts of the furniture you do not want painted with painter's tape.

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Apply a coat of oil-based primer to the abraded lacquered furniture, using a paintbrush manufactured for applying oil-based paints. Allow the primer to dry for two hours.

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Wash the brush with mineral spirits.

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Dilute the oil-based enamel paint to promote a smoother finish by stirring in one ounce of mineral spirits for every gallon of paint. Mix the water and paint in a 5-gallon bucket. Stir for five minutes using a wooden stir stick.

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Apply two thin coats of the diluted enamel paint using the cleaned paintbrush. Do not over-apply, as this will lead to runs and drips. Allow two hours of dry time between coats. Allow the paint to dry and cure for six hours before using the furniture.


Ryan Lawrence

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.