How Can You Paint Lacquered Furniture?

To paint lacquered furniture, sand the surface of the finish with sandpaper or steel wool, and apply primer and paint over the old finish. Sanding helps paint stick to smooth finishes, such as lacquer and gloss paint.

It is not usually necessary to strip old lacquer from furniture before painting it. Simply add new paint using the following steps.

  1. Clean the piece.
  2. Wipe off any dirt and dust. Usually, a damp cloth can clean the piece significantly, but if it is very dirty, use some warm water and soap. Scrape off any stubborn dirt with an old toothbrush or a scrubbing sponge.

  3. Sand the piece.
  4. Use some sandpaper or steel wool to sand the top layer of the old finish. This helps the paint stick to the glossy surface.

  5. Prepare the painting area.
  6. Lay down newspaper or old sheets to protect the floor and any surrounding furniture from stray paint.

  7. Prime the piece.
  8. Apply a coat of primer to the piece. This helps even out the finish and helps the paint stick to the furniture. Let the primer dry.

  9. Paint the piece.
  10. Apply a thin coat of paint. Let the paint dry.

  11. Sand the piece a second time.
  12. Lightly sand the surface of the furniture. This helps the second coat of paint stick.

  13. Apply a second coat of paint.
  14. Apply a second coat of paint to the furniture.

  15. Apply a coat of varnish.
  16. Apply a thin coat of clear varnish or wax to the furniture. Although this step is optional, it helps seal the paint.