August 13, 2013

How To | Paint With Enamel Paint

I know this is somewhat late... but better late than never, right!?!

When I first decide to paint this table I knew I wanted a gloss-like finish, but I was not super sure what paint finish to use.  I knew ASCP was out of the running {bummer because it is so easy to use}, but I wasn't sold on hi-gloss latex paint.  I wanted the finish to be very durable to wet glasses and hot plates, since it is a dining table so I thought oil based.  But the clean up of oil based is so hard!  Then I found enamel paint!  Enamel can be cleaned up with water, but is durable like oil and has a semi-gloss finish!

Since I was not using my loved "no sand no prep needed" chalk paint, my first step was to sand the heck out of the table.  I started with 60 grit {the lower the in number the grit the more rough it is}.

I wiped it down and then gave it a once over with 120 grit.

Since I wasn't sure when I started what type of paint I was going to go I choose a oil based primer.  Little did I know that I would end up picking a paint and primer in one, but oh well... 
I also used the floetrol conditioner... I will tell you how in a minute.

I applied one coat of primer with a soft Purdy brush for the base and a roller for the top and then sanded with 120.

I applied a second coat of primer with a brush for the whole table and then sanded with 120.
I switched to the soft brush for the top after I noticed the roller was leaving a texture.  I would recommend using a brush for all coats primer or paint.

Next I applied 2 coats of enamel paint {yup, you guessed it} sanding in between each coat with 220 {the finest I could find}.  I only had to sand the top of the table after the second coat though.  I applied 2 coats of enamel to the base and only sanded in between the first and second coat.  They legs came out with no brush strokes, glossy, and perfect.  I would guess this is because of the brush application from start to finish.  
The top did not come out with the same finish =\.  So back to sanding again!  For the final coat I added the floetrol into a the paint {in a separate container} to even out the finish and completely cover the textured areas of the rolled on primer.

Though it was a LOT of work, I do think this paint choice is worth it!  I love the semi-gloss finish for the formal dining room.  It does not looked like a painted piece and more like a professionally sprayed piece, and I am very happy with that! 


Katrina@ChicLittleHouse said...

I love hearing and learning about different paints to use!!

your table table out so pretty!! I love that the feet are on casters, so nice!! The finish on the table looks really good!

I just painted out campaign dresser using oil based paint and I so agree the cleanup is NO fun!! Stop by more blog for the after :)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

You are definitely a master painter. I have never used the Floetrol, it is sitting in my garage. I need to add it in. Great tips.

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Thank you so much for breaking down a comparison with brush vs roller. I've always been a brush kind of gal but I know people use rollers and they look so dang easy. It sounds like I've got to get some leveler asap. Fab table, fab tips, way to rock it girl!

Erin and Laura House Envy said...

It looks amazing! Thinking of re-doing my dining table. Thanks for the tips on the enamel paint. {Erin}