We decided to try out one of the tips she writes about in the section about Oil vs. Latex Paint. Check out the video above to watch!
I (Vicki) have a vintage wrought iron patio set of two chairs and a coffee table that needed to be repainted. The chairs had previously been painted but were chipping badly, which, after reading Betsy’s book, made me think that maybe the original finish of the metal was oil based paint and that was why the paint was not sticking.
Then we tested the table. Same thing, the paint came right off--latex paint. Evidently the type of paint on the original piece was not the problem which caused the newer paint to flake. We surmised that the slick surface was probably not prepped properly so we decided to treat it like oil based paint and prepped accordingly.
Spray on oil based primer- let dry. Oil based primers are universal, meaning your final coat can be oil or latex based. If using a latex primer you can only cover that with a latex paint. Oil based primers are great for slicker surfaces like this table.
For the top, we wanted to give it a texture finish so we applied Henry’s Premixed Patch n'Level. This product produces a very imprecise finish and shows every line and mark, so it’s not a choice for those that require a perfectly smooth result! (I had to be okay with the imperfections—note, the product dries beige—I did a quick wash with watered down metallic paint to give it a little color and sealed everything with the Rust-Oleum triple glaze finish.)
With the weather getting a little cooler here in Florida, I’m ready to tackle the two chairs especially since the table turned out so well.
We will be writing about another one of Betsy’s tips in a subsequent post. Look for that soon.
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