Do you have furniture that needs an upgrade, but already has furniture wax or hemp oil on the surface? Come find out how to prep your piece so your next paint coat will adhere beautifully!
Step 1) Remove oily products with rubbing alcohol
Our paint is water-based, and as you know, oil and water just don’t mix. That means the paint will not be able to adhere over an oily finish. If you have a piece of furniture that you painted previously and sealed with an oily product like wax or hemp oil, you’ll need to make sure you prep it before you re-paint it.
Luckily, this is pretty easy to do! Use a clean, lint-free rag and rubbing alcohol to wipe down any oily surfaces on your piece and clean away the oily residue. Since rubbing alcohol dries very quickly, make sure you re-wet your rag regularly. Depending how much wax or hemp oil was on your piece, you may find it necessary to clean your surface 2-3 times to make sure all the oil is really gone.
Note: you may have heard others recommend using mineral spirits to remove wax from furniture. While this will also work, we prefer rubbing alcohol because it’s free of solvents and it evaporates very quickly so it won’t leave behind any residue.
Step 2) Testing…1,2,3!
Before you dive in and re-paint everything, it’s best to do a test patch. Apply paint to one or two small areas and let it dry overnight.
Give it a scratch with your fingernail to see if the paint has adhered well or not.
If it scratches or peels easily, you’ll need to keep cleaning to remove more oil before you continue painting.
Step 3) Re-paint
Once your paint is adhering well to the scratch test, you can go ahead and re-paint everything!
Watch this video so see this technique first-hand:
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