Good Question: Eco-Friendly Spray Paint?

Good Question: Eco-Friendly Spray Paint?

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Jun 1, 2009

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Bridget is wondering about the best way to paint this chair:

Dear Re-nest,

I bought this chair from an antique store for $10, and I would like to reupholster it in some bright graphic print (I'm thinking yellow). I'd also like to paint the wood, and with the intricate, shiny woodwork, people have suggested I spray paint it. I'm really hesitant about using spray paints, however, as they're not terribly environmentally friendly. What other "green" painting options do I have for this chair? Would I need to sand it all down before I start painting?

Thanks,
Bridget

Bridget, while we've never actually tried it ourselves, we have heard of Krylon's low-VOC spray paint, which may be a good option for this chair. Otherwise, we would recommend any one of these eco-friendly paints for the project, and a small brush for the intricate details.

You should start with wiping down the chair with a damp cloth to remove any dirt. Then take a piece of sandpaper and lightly rub it over all exposed surfaces, followed with another wipe down to remove the dust. Then you can proceed to a primer (if you want) and then paint.

Any other suggestions for Bridget?

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