Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: N.Dakota, United States of America
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Re: My first time painting...
Strip it with paint stipper first, then do some touch up sanding, as and only if needed, use a 300 grit or 400 grit. Then, if it is in excellent condition I would stain and varnish it. If not in great condition then use a good primer and a quality enamel or maybe a laytex although a latex won't be as durable. Go to a furniture repair place and ask them what they would reccomend as far as paint would go. You will need to READ the INSTRUCTIONS for the type of primer/paint or stain/varnish you use. For furniture, staining and varnishing is the most durable and gives the best looking finish.