Professional painters who can refinish old furniture back to its original state are few and far between. Old and antique furniture holds a special place in the heart of the owner and proper restoration requires patience, expertise, and a steady hand. Those that work with old furniture pieces, however, know that refinishing and repairing them is a lot less about paint or stain than it is about surface preparation. Here are the five places where you must pay the utmost attention to successfully refinish an old or antique piece of furniture.
Automobiles and motorcycles feature some of the most complex paint work anywhere. Not only do the coatings have to look great from bumper to bumper, the paint must also hold up well against sun damage, wind, and rain, while also preventing rust and corrosion of the substrate for years on end. Properly painting a car, truck, or motorcycle requires some of the most complex layering of paint and protective coating of any product or structure. But long before the first sprayer starts painting, the surface must be properly prepared. One of the world’s most popular motorcycle manufacturers, Harley Davidson, has a unique approach to surface preparation that blends robotic precision with human craftwork.
Justin saw the problem right away. The new member of his paint team had done a great job on the entire room….except for a spot the size of a dinner plate that looked terrible.
“You didn’t clean the wall, did you?” he asked. The new member of the team looked dumbfounded. Justin continued, “That area on the wall was dirty before you started. And now the paint is different on that spot because you tried to paint over something that wasn’t supposed to be there. My guess is that it’s some old glue or grease that the builder didn’t see on the sheetrock.”
It didn’t matter to Justin or the client that the rest of the room looked great. That one spot was an eye-sore and would have to be addressed right away.