A slab of wood on a repurposed base made fab by the orange lacquer surface: the miracle of high gloss paint.
The secret to getting truly shiny high gloss is to use oil base (alkyd) paint. When we did side-by-side tests of high gloss alkyd and water-base latex paint we made a big discovery: the latex doesn’t shine or reflect nearly as much as the Alkyd. On a table, it will be prone to waterspotting and staining.
For those who are adverse to using alkyd paint, we wondered if you could use latex paint and seal it with a high gloss polyeurathane. We asked a friend who seems to know everything about paints and fine fixes for interiors. He said: “The problem with putting any oil-based finish over a latex one is that you set up a hard finish over a relatively soft one – so it’s better to start with the finish you want to end with.”
If you do want to paint a table, or anything high-gloss (floors for instance) be sure to follow these steps: lightly sand the surface, carefully wipe off dust, do a first coat with a primer, allow to dry, sand lightly, carefully wipe off dust, paint with oil paint, allow to dry, sand lightly and carefully wipe off dust, paint again…until you have the surface you want. Here’s a step-by-step guide we found at Real Simple.
We did this with are oyster-white painted plywood floors in the Laboratory and LOVE them. (More to come on those later.)
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