How to Retouch & Paint Furniture
- 1). Spread drop cloth and put on protective gear. (The drop cloth can be small if you are only patching a small area on a piece of furniture, but protect the floor under your work area.)
- 2). Sand the area to be retouched (or the whole piece if you are repainting). Beginning with the scraper or medium grade sandpaper, remove all chipped or loose paint and sand a smooth edge between the old paint and bare wood so as to blend in your retouching.
- 3). Apply wood filler according to package directions to fill nicks, cracks and gouges that cannot be blended in with sanding. While it may seem time-consuming, several thin layers of filler dry with less shrinkage and wear better than one thick layer or patch. Let dry thoroughly.
- 4). Sand the wood filler smooth.
- 5). Cover bare repaired wood with a thin coat of oil-based primer. Let the primer dry. Sand again, using feathery strokes on the edges of the primed area; you want to blend, not leave lines.
- 6). Apply a top coat of paint that matches the old finish as closely as possible. If you have saved touchup paint, it should be very close to the rest of the topcoat unless the furniture has been exposed to lots of sun. Again, if you are retouching, use feathery strokes with the brush to help new paint blend into old.