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Having furniture painted by a professional Rye painter can be an effective and cost-efficient way of rejuvenating or restoring a beloved piece. It can also be an affordable and creative way of achieving modern furniture pieces that are unlike anything else available at retail.

Comprehensive and detail-oriented surface preparation is essential to achieving a professional finish, and this is an important reason why many homeowners rely on professionals for this task. Readying furniture for finish application can usually be achieved in a day by an experienced craftsperson. This process usually includes removing all finish layers, any mold or mildew and other foreign substances.

Sanding is generally the most involved aspect of surface prep, and this phase may require more than a day if the preparer must make repairs or alter texture. Sanding often requires moistening the surface to raise the grain, and if the finishing process will require one or more priming layers, it may be necessary to let the piece dry and the surface relax overnight before applying the primer.

Priming is not always necessary, but it is usually recommended because it seals the surface, helps to hide any blemishes that cannot be corrected or are impractical to correct, and provides a more consistent quality to the top finish. Generally, only one primer coat is required.

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Depending on the top coat, the consumer may have the option of a latex- or oil-based primer. Latex-based primer is less expensive, but oil-based primer is preferred and better suited to achieving the above characteristics. Each application of an oil-based primer may require up to 24 hours to dry completely, but some latex-based primers are ready in as little as 15 minutes.

The next step is the painting process, which generally only requires one coat when suitable surface preparation and priming has been performed. Time to paint depends on the size of the piece and any detail work that is required. Paint can be applied by a professional with a sprayer or with a foam roller or applicator, and the ideal application method depends on surface area and any unique aspects of the furniture.

Paint can be the final finish, but most professionals recommend a clear protective coating both for aesthetic value and the long-term durability of the finish. A waiting time of eight or more hours may be required before applying the clear coat, and although either the paint or clear coat will likely set to touch in about eight hours, the painter may recommend not using the furniture for as much as 72 hours.

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