My Hand Painted Furniture Ireland: materials listing
“Traditional Painter Adam Bermingham runs through materials he uses at My Hand Painted Furniture Ireland
As part of his “In the Workshop” series, Adam is taking a look at some of the equipment & products he uses everyday for restoration & furniture painting.
As some of you may already know, over the past while, My Hand Painted Furniture has been moving to a new, larger workshop. Because of this, I thought I would take the opportunity to run through some of the kit I bought last week, to restock after the move.
Furniture painting is very individual, not everyone will need all of these, some may use more, but these are the basics. Almost every piece that leaves my workshop has these things used on them.
The materials I bought last week came from suppliers both in Ballyhaunis & Castlerea. Below is a description of each item, its uses & some of my opinions on them & how they might fit into your projects.
Many of the pieces that come into my workshop are old and have many years of dirt, wax & polish built up on the surface.
The image below is a good example of where I would use meths to remove old & unwanted coatings.
I thoroughly clean the surface by using wire wool & methylated spirit – I apply and leave the product on the surface for a few minutes to eat into the grime & let it do its work, then wash off with a damp cloth.
Methylated Spirit is a highly flammable dangerous chemical, so remember to take the necessary safety precautions & wear gloves at all times.
So on the shelves in my workshop, you will find a lot of wood finishing products & the one I probably use the most is Boiled Linseed Oil.
Once the piece is fully prepared ie. cleaned, filled & sanded to a smooth finish, you can simply wipe on the oil with a cloth. It highlights the natural beauty of the wood & leaves a waterproof barrier. Below is a before & after example…
This is a new product in my workshop so I will do a full write up soon, but this is what Rustins say
An oil finish, suitable for all types of wood.
It differs from Teak Oil in that it contains special ingredients, which prevent it drying to a gloss. It is an easy-to-use, wipe-on finish, which brings out the beauty of the timber and gives a natural, open grained, soft lustrous finish.
Ideal for all woods and is excellent on turned woodwork. Danish Oil is a unique formulation developed by Rustins.
I have heard great things about Danish Oil & I hope it will be an alternative to Linseed oil on lighter timbers.
If you accept that, from time to time, a piece of furniture is going to take a knock or two, it’s better to have a finish that is easily repairable than a rock hard finish that is susceptible to chips & scratches & takes time & skill to refinish.
Most of the pieces that come out of the workshop that have a natural finish are waxed – Colron make a good one!
5. Satin Clear Varnish
One by one, I am testing water-based equivalents to the oil based ones I currently use. If they meet my standards, they stay, if not, I continue looking. This is one of them.
I currently use Translac Clear Satin Varnish it applies beautifully with a * Wooster Alpha. Let’s see if water-based Ronseal Quick Drying Varnishcan keep its place on the workshop shelves.
It is lightweight, easy to apply & sands to a super smooth finish. I also like the fact that it’s grey as opposed to white, making the sanding process quicker.
This is another new product to the workshop so I will let you know in the future how it performs.
In the meantime, this is what Ronseal say…
Few things are beyond repair with Ronseal High Performance Wood Filler. Its unique two-part system creates seriously tough repairs to virtually any interior or exterior wood. You can fill to any depth and even drill, screw or plane it.
Rebuilds rotten wood
Cures wet rot and prevents recurrence< No shrinking or cracking For interior and exterior use
I spoke extensively about this fantastic paint in a previous post, to read that post click here…
It has recently replaced the vast majority of my topcoats in the workshop. It is water-based, easy to apply, hard-wearing & leaves a beautiful soft finish in a large range of modern colours.
10. Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3
This is my go-to primer in the workshop for furniture painting. It is a water-based primer with above average adhesion & pigment resulting in a great coverage. It’s ideal partner is a brush from the Proform Picasso range available at * www.mypaintbrush.co.uk A perfect base for satin/eggshell topcoats.
11. Zinsser Coverstain
One of the few oil-based products left on the shelves in the workshop, the reason… in my experience there is no water-based product out there that performs the way this does. I use it, almost always with a * Proform Picasso, on problem surfaces. For example, I am currently using it on a laminate & MDF wardrobe & and MDF blanket box.
These are used to apply paint & primer to large flat areas prior to laying off with a brush.
As a note, although I have never used the Lime wood finishing velvet flock mini sleeve from Axus Decor, I hear great things from my Traditional Painter colleagues. They are available from * My Paint Brush.co.uk
(13) 4 inch trays
The matching trays for the foam rollers described above.
(14, 15, 16) Various Abrasives
Everyday items. I use wire wool a lot for keying surfaces & cleaning with meths. Sanding pads & blocks again for keying surfaces & for distressing.
More detailed descriptions of workshop processes will be available in other blog posts but I hope that this run-down of some of my most common kit has been helpful.
Good luck with your next project. Happy Painting
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