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Use an auto body shop to put the final finish on your furniture restoration project


    Trying to paint a large piece of furniture is much more complex and difficult than spraying a small knickknack, candle holder, etc.

    These small items can be placed in a box to contain most of the overspray and a perfect finish may not be a high priority. A single cheap can of spray paint might be all that is in order.

    But when it comes to refurbishing a larger piece of furniture; the process gets much more difficult and messy. If paint is wanted for the final finish; we made a list of things to take into account so your final product doesn’t turn into a disappointment.

    Things to consider when painting furniture yourself at home:

    • A lot of masking and covering for a large area is needed, or you risk having overspray everywhere. This takes time and material.
    • Calculating how to hang and taking the time to hang individual pieces can add up to a considerable amount of time.
    • How much spray paint will you go through to get adequate coverage? In my experience, one could easily spend upwards of $50 on several cans of quality paint and primer.
    • You’ll want to buy paint respirators, disposable gloves, and possibly a disposable suit so you don’t risk getting overspray on your clothes and shoes. Again, a small project may not be risky but with a larger piece of furniture, you’ll be doing much more painting and creating much more spray paint plumes. Even more time and money collecting all these materials!

    A body shop could very well save a lot of time and headache…

    Don’t have all your time be ruined by relying on disposable spray cans, rollers, or brushes to provide a glass smooth and even finish. Contact your local auto body shop who have spray booths all set up, professional spray guns, and the right experience to ensure amazing factory results.

    This type of work may not be as expensive as one thinks. The trick to a relatively low-cost paint project is making use of a color the shop is already using on a repair. The majority of paint mixing is already billed to the repair job and any additional costs to you may only include extra paint fees and a small amount of labor.

    • Prep and additional finish work can add significant costs so make sure you have all the sanding, smoothing, etc., finalized beforehand.
    • If you want the cost savings of an existing color of paint being used on a repair you may have to be patient with the shops time frame of when they will be working with said color.
    • Using a body shop may not be a viable or cost worthy option in some areas. Contact your local body shops and inquire about their interest and willingness to do the work.

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