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Painting Wood Answered

I've got some wood that I'd like to paint over, but it's currently got a fair bit of paint on it. The current paint is in fairly good shape and is just a little dirty. The problem is that the paint doesn't run all the way to the edges of the wood and cuts short about 3 cm from the edge of the wood. The paint is also peeling towards the edges. The reverse side of the wood has a few crevices running along it(kind of looks like a turtle shell) as well as a few peg holes. My plan is to sand the front all over and try and smooth the edges of the paint where the paint is peeling. For the other side, I'm going to fill in the crevices and holes with wood putty and then sand over as well. Afterwords, I'll probably apply some dual paint/primer spray paint on top to give it a smooth finish. Now, I have a few questions:

1. Will the peeling edges be a problem when I paint over the wood?
2. Since the crevices are fairly shallow and smooth out pretty easily, will wood putty be a good choice for filling them?
3. Any problems with using a dual paint/primer? Or would it be better to use a separate primer and then paint?

I've never really painted anything, and this is pretty much the first real craft project I'm working on, so any advice would be great. If you think it might be a better idea to remove the paint, any ideas you have on how to do it would be great too. I've attached some pictures from various angles. You can probably guess what I'm going to be making :). Thanks.


Looking at the pictures, it appears its a thin plywood and seems a bit dry on some areas. So you should fully remove all the loose paint/wood and ensure that you start with a coarse sandpaper and work your way to a finer grit as you get it smoother. Wood filler is fine to use, just follow the product directions to minimize any cracking of the product, and follow up with a light sanding.

Instead of a primer/paint, I would use separate applications. With a drier plywood, it may soak up a lot and you'll be better off with primer in that case. Once the primer has set and you don't see any peeling or cracking, you should be able to go with a light sanding and then paint.

Thanks for the info. But I have a couple more questions: When sanding, should I sand in order to remove all of the paint? Or just the loose paint on the edges. I know I have to sand the entire area to give an area for the primer to hold onto, but does all of the paint have to be removed?

As long as the finish isn't chipping off as your sanding, you shouldn't have to sand it all off. You definitely want to make sure that all that shine is removed as well as anything that's loose/chipping/cracking etc. and you won't know that until you get started on it. And for the grooves, you can wrap a sandpaper sheet around a straight edge (like a ruler) to help you get into the crevices.

As far as I can tell from the photos, it doesn't appear as though there is a thick layer to remove anyways, so it may come off with medium/coarse grit sandpaper faster than you might expect.

What is / was this?


It's the back rest of a wooden chair.