Paint is used on a wide range of furniture made of many varied materials. Powder-coating creates an appearance of paint but is actually a process where a dry powder is applied and this powder is then heated and set. It is most usually used on metal surfaces.
Paint is less robust than powder-coatings, and so painted surfaces often are protected with a layer of lacquer/varnish. This can be important when considering the best way to maintain such surfaces.
Cleaning painted or powder-coated furniture
As with most surfaces, use warm water and detergent or Relay Spray for regular cleaning. Avoid abrasive products as they will scratch.
Maintaining painted or powder-coated furniture
If paint is chipped and needs repair, first thoroughly clean and dry the affected area (you may also give it a light sanding, with fine sand paper). Then treat whatever the surface is under the paint, if necessary. If it is a metal surface and rust is visible give the affected area a rub down using fine sandpaper, or a wire brush. Afterwards use a primer appropriate for the material (i.e. a metal primer for metal, etc), leave to dry and then finally touch up the affected area with colour-matched paint.
If your paint is protected with a lacquer which gets chipped (i.e. the paint is still OK), one solution is to ‘touch-up’ the damaged area, using a specialist product. We recommend using Behlen Jet Spray Clear Lacquer, but please do follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
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