How to Protect Painted Furniture

Depending on the quality of the paint used on your furniture, you may actually have to do very little to protect it.

How to Protect Painted Furniture

If the paint is high-quality and applied evenly over a base of primer, you don't have to do much but wipe the furniture down with a damp cloth now and again. However, if you're unsure of the quality of the paint used, you may want to take a few steps to protect the durability and beauty of your painted furniture. A quick and thorough cleaning, plus a final top-coat of lacquer, is all you need to protect your painted furniture.

Follow the directions on the package of the liquid detergent to creative a detergent mixture using water.

Dampen the cloth or rag with the liquid detergent and wipe over furniture. Follow with a clean, damp towel to clean off the soap.

Mix two tablespoons of borax with three tablespoons of vinegar to create a paste. Apply this paste to remove tougher stains on the furniture. Wipe off with clean, damp cloth.

If there are any particularly tough stains, use a fine-grained sandpaper to sand them away. Always be very careful using this method, however, as you don't want to damage the original paint.

Follow the manufacturer's directions for using the spray lacquer. Make sure you spray the furniture evenly, and always perform this step in a well-ventilated area.

Allow the lacquer top-coat to dry for 24 hours.

Apply a wax-based furniture conditioner.

Things You Will Need

  • Spray lacquer (shellac-based is best) Soft cloth or rag Bucket of hot water Non-bleach liquid detergent Borax White vinegar Fine-grain sandpaper Dust cloth Wax-based furniture conditioner

About the Author

Based in Chicago, Annie Wang has been writing since 2008. Her work has appeared in World Architecture News and other online publications. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and art history from the University of California, Davis.