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I have a computer desk that is about 5 years old. Its like a little cherry wood color. I would like to paint it black. Would doing this be something like this?

1. Sand it down.
2. Prime it
3. Paint it

Am I missing something? Also I don't like to use real glossy paint. I would something of a mix of matte and glossy, what would be needed for that? I would like to use spray paint like krylon or something similar. The reason I want to do this is, I have yet to find a computer desk that is black that looks like my old one which I love. Actually I have found some but they want like $600+ for it. I paid like $250 for mine brand new. Here is a picture of my setup. I would like it to be black. Or does anyone know of a desk like this in black?

Thanks


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Originally Posted by falcon26 View Post

I have a computer desk that is about 5 years old. Its like a little cherry wood color. I would like to paint it black. Would doing this be something like this?

1. Sand it down.
2. Prime it
3. Paint it

You've got the order down tongue.gif You could just straight up paint over it as it is.. but then the paint would scratch off if you breathed on it too hard wink.gif If you want a really nice finish, then you're not going to want to use spraypaint. You could probably get a small can of matte black paint for around 10 bucks. (not to mention it's going to reek if you spray it)
Edited by Broseidon - 3/31/13 at 7:00pm
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I just wanna see how this turns out so post some pics!
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The first time I made my desk I just used a basic black paint and a basic primer and a lot of the black came off because I never sealed it or anything if I was gonna redo the whole thing I would..

Buy this as a primer: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-1-Gal-White-Bulls-Eye-1-2-3-Water-Based-Interior-Exterior-Primer-and-Sealer-2001/100398391#.UVlVcquKKE4 (This is what I actually used worked great)
And then use this as the paint: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Painter-s-Touch-32-oz-Painter-s-Touch-General-Purpose-Paint-1974502/100208855#.UVlVpauKKE4 (This is what I used the second time to fix the black paint it worked amazingly thumb.gif)
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So I should not use spray paint? It seems that spray paint would go alot faster. Although maybe not better...
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If you have one of those air compressor powered paint sprayers...you probably could get away with it. I'm thinking it's gonna probably be more expensive to use spray paint and cover the entire desk with a couple of good coats of spray paint compared to a can of regular paint and brush (can use a roller for the large sections, I've painted a few bookshelves this way and it goes pretty quick).
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Im a professional painter by trade and the finish your looking for is going to be a satin finish, it's in between the matte and gloss. Be sure to use about 120 grit sand paper and lightly sand the entire surface and wipe clean with a mineral spirits or other similar solution to make sure the area to be painted is free of oils and debris. Use a base primer or at least use your finish paint as a primer ( do at least 2 coats if not 3, too thick of a coat will lead to sags and runs)Other than that I would brush a nice latex paint on for your best looking and more durable finish, use a paint conditioner like FLOOD Penetrol to make the paint lay nice and flat with the least brush marks and your desk will be looking better than new in no time. If you have any further questions feel free to PM me.
Edited by CallAMedic4U - 4/1/13 at 4:57pm
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If you have one of those air compressor powered paint sprayers...you probably could get away with it. I'm thinking it's gonna probably be more expensive to use spray paint and cover the entire desk with a couple of good coats of spray paint compared to a can of regular paint and brush (can use a roller for the large sections, I've painted a few bookshelves this way and it goes pretty quick).

A roller is good for covering large surfaces quickly but will leave a "rough" surface compared to brushing.
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So I should not use spray paint? It seems that spray paint would go alot faster. Although maybe not better...

Even the best spray paint on the market is going to leave you with the "rattlecan" looking paint finish.
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A roller is good for covering large surfaces quickly but will leave a "rough" surface compared to brushing.

Yeah, on those DIY projects my wife would always end up doing another coat with a brush.
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