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post #1 of 8 Old 09-24-2020, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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My daughter wants me to paint her desk white but she wants it shiny, glossy, glassy smooth. How do I do it. She wants her new desk painted white but with the same smooth finish like the picture below. Can it be done? I m sure it can
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-24-2020, 07:44 PM
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It can be done with care and effort. Something like the finish below will produce gloss white.

It’s best if you can spray it. In other case, you’ll need to sand between coats until the surface is DEAD flat. When you do the final coat, you’ll again need to sand flat and then polish back to gloss. A high gloss finish shows every imperfection.

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With paint you might not be able to get that much gloss but pretty close. Anything suspended in a finish dulls the sheen and the pigment in the enamel would slightly dull it. Paint can have a clear coating put over it but it would have to be an acrylic coating because varnishes yellow. I don't like putting a clear coating over paint because if the finish is damaged it's difficult to touch up.

It's going to need a lot of surface preparation. The clear coating has a lot of defects in it that don't show up much now but with white paint you will see every one of them. I would recommend having the clear coating under the white. somebody may want to put it back as a stained finish someday and the clear will prevent the paint from penetrating into the wood.

Assuming it is a varnish or polyurethane roughen the surface with 180 grit paper and put an oil based white primer on it. From there you could fill any defects with a wood putty, vinyl Spackle ore even bondo. Then sand the putty level and put another coat of primer on and see what it looks like. Really look it over good, Places that are hard to see in the primer will stick out like a sore thumb. Once you think you have it perfect sand it with a 220grit paper and then use a sprayer and apply a high gloss enamel. Would probably take two coats.
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So,would this be recommended for a computer desk if the finish would be so fragile? What about a poor on resin style product?
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I have never done it but with a high quality white paint but what would happen if if you rubbed it with pumice and then rottenstone, and then a beeswax polish?.
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I just wanted to add that's a beautiful desk and I wouldn't do it myself, I would buy her a new white desk.
My daughter is always bringing me painted furniture to me to strip and refinish to show the beauty of the wood.
One daughter wanted to paint her bedroom walls black, that was a no go, they don't always make the best decisions at first.

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Now that is one option I did not know I had I am new to Woodworking and finishing are you saying I could apply a wax of some sort and buff that wax so a sheen
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I like the idea of putting a protective layer down to protect the wood in case they ever change their mind about wanting to stain and Polly. But if I could apply any wax over that paint I'm off that that might be and idea. I saw a YouTube video last night where someone buffed the polyurethane to a nice finish but it was clear not painted.
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