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Offline mike_aa

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This is not really Festool related, but I'm hoping some of the Paint Guys on FOG might have some advice.

My wife found a nice vintage baby bassinet and she wants it repainted.  The bassinet is wicker with some wood parts and it all has been previously painted white.  We plan on painting it pretty much the same color it is now.  We did test the old paint for lead and it was negative.

The wheels are steel (similar to pedal car wheels) and I will get those sandblasted and painted then purchase new rubber tires.  Since they are nowhere near the baby I imagine their isn't much to worry about so I probably will just have the sandblaster paint them.

Are most water-based paints non-toxic when cured?  Is there still a concern since the baby will be right near it?  And how important are VOC's in a situation like this?  Is there a paint that would be recommended? 

I currently have an airless sprayer and a cheap HVLP that I've used to spray Alkyd oil-based enamel on other projects with decent results.  I imagine I could use one or the other on this project, but I'm not adverse to purchasing some new equipment if needed. 

We have a pretty good Sherwin Williams nearby and there are a lot of other branches in the area.  BM is not as popular around here with only a few dealers so I'd have to check to see what is available through them.

Also any tips on cleaning, preparing, and priming the old paint for recoating?  I read somewhere that wicker can be washed with trisodium phosphate or a detergent, rinsed, and then painted after it thoroughly dries.  Is there a preferred method?

Thanks!

Mike A.
« Last Edit: September 23, 2017, 02:12 PM by mike_aa »

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Offline tjbnwi

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This is not really Festool related, but I'm hoping some of the Paint Guys on FOG might have some advice.

My wife found a nice vintage baby bassinet and she wants it repainted.  The bassinet is wicker with some wood parts and it all has been previously painted white.  We plan on painting it pretty much the same color it is now.  We did test the old paint for lead and it was negative.

The wheels are steel (similar to pedal car wheels) and I will get those sandblasted and painted then purchase new rubber tires.  Since they are nowhere near the baby I imagine their isn't much to worry about so I probably will just have the sandblaster paint them.

Are most water-based paints non-toxic when cured?  Is there still a concern since the baby will be right near it?  And how important are VOC's in a situation like this?  Is there a paint that would be recommended? 

I currently have an airless sprayer and a cheap HVLP that I've used to spray Alkyd oil-based enamel on other projects with decent results.  I imagine I could use one or the other on this project, but I'm not adverse to purchasing some new equipment if needed. 

We have a pretty good Sherwin Williams nearby and there are a lot of other branches in the area.  BM is not as popular around here with only a few dealers so I'd have to check to see what is available through them.

Also any tips on cleaning, preparing, and priming the old paint for recoating?  I read somewhere that wicker can be washed with trisodium phosphate or a detergent, rinsed, and then painted after it thoroughly dries.  Is there a preferred method?

Thanks!

Mike A.

Interior paints are most likely non-toxic. Latex paints may be a choking hazard if it is peeled off on a strip. Check the PDS and MSDS to verify. Exterior paint may contain a small amount of mercury.

Use low or zero VOC paints in you're concerned about the VOC's. Allowing the paint to cure a few months is another option.

Krud Cutter to clean, more than once.

Tom


Offline Retired Chippy

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