Painting wardrobe.........Help and Advice Please!

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Found 10th Jul 2008
Ok, I have finally finished painting my sons bedroom and as soon as the carpet fitter comes we are all set, Now he has a wardrobe I bought from Argos 8 months ago, (link in next post) which doesnt match now and I was wanting to paint them either pale grey or white, so my questions are....
What is the best paint to use?
Do i need a primer of some sort?
Should I use a paint brush or roller?

Any advice is very much appreciated!! Thankyou in advance.................xx

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Original Poster

wardrobe argos.co.uk/sta…htm

I will be out most of today but will check back later for your advice, x

You can't just paint on them. Buy a primer / sealer that is especially designed for laminated surfaces.

PS. Any top coat paint will work as long as the correct primer is used, but I personally would avoid anything that has the word "satin" in the paint colour name. I'd go for an eggshell finish rather than gloss. Also, because it is a wardrobe I'd use a roller (sponge one designed for gloss) for both the primer and top coat.
After you have primed it, very lightly (with wire wool) rub the surface down. I'd do this between coats too. This will give a key for each layer of paint.

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Predikuesi;2494300

You can't just paint on them. Buy a primer / sealer that is especially … You can't just paint on them. Buy a primer / sealer that is especially designed for laminated surfaces.


Yup...agreed....

Paint wont stick without it and will look a mess

I painted one a few years back ... used an undercoat & it looks good still .

Have just had a look in the shed .. What I used was called ''quick drying primer'' from wickes & I think it was about £6/7 .. I think most DIY stores will sell the same.

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Predikuesi;2494300

You can't just paint on them. Buy a primer / sealer that is especially … You can't just paint on them. Buy a primer / sealer that is especially designed for laminated surfaces.PS. Any top coat paint will work as long as the correct primer is used, but I personally would avoid anything that has the word "satin" in the paint colour name. I'd go for an eggshell finish rather than gloss. Also, because it is a wardrobe I'd use a roller (sponge one designed for gloss) for bother the primer and top coat. After you have primed it, very lightly (with wire wool) rub the surface down. I'd do this between coats too. This will give a key for each layer of paint.


Perfect advice. Try and get melamine primer (B&Q).

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considering the cost of the paint and effort required and considering it wont look great, why not try and sell it and get a matching wardrobe instead.

twinks;2494560

You definately need a primer and have a scout in B & Q there are specific … You definately need a primer and have a scout in B & Q there are specific paints for laminate surfaces. Use one of the little radiator rollers also for a better finish. Have to add though they generally dont look too great after a couple of years once painted.



I agree, but think it is because most people just use normal gloss for the top coat. Eggshell paint gives a far superior and lasting finish. I'd only use it for projects like this though.

csiman;2494584

considering the cost of the paint and effort required and considering it … considering the cost of the paint and effort required and considering it wont look great, why not try and sell it and get a matching wardrobe instead.


Too be honest, that was my first thought. Sometimes it is just not worth the effort. If the end result is not good, then you have lost the furnitive, paint, and will have to spend out on new stuff anyway!:thumbsup:

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csiman;2494584

considering the cost of the paint and effort required and considering it … considering the cost of the paint and effort required and considering it wont look great, why not try and sell it and get a matching wardrobe instead.



totally agree, never seen one that has looked to grand after being done

I`ve painted one 8 years ago, lilac and it`s gloss. It still looks fantastic, but it was a very cheap old fashion wardrobe,I think better quality, which I bought in some odd shop for £5.
What I used was some oil based gloss paint two coats and had to sand it down between coats.
I used brush, I think you would use a lot of paint with roller. Anyway your wardrobe looks like a moder pine, I would not touch it as it could turn out a bit not nice. Go and buy a cheap one at the auction and paint that one instead.

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irkapirka;2494845

I`ve painted one 8 years ago, lilac and it`s gloss. It still looks … I`ve painted one 8 years ago, lilac and it`s gloss. It still looks fantastic, but it was a very cheap old fashion wardrobe,I think better quality, which I bought in some odd shop for £5.What I used was some oil based gloss paint two coats and had to sand it down between coats.I used brush, I think you would use a lot of paint with roller. Anyway your wardrobe looks like a moder pine, I would not touch it as it could turn out a bit not nice. Go and buy a cheap one at the auction and paint that one instead.



was your a wooden one, this one is laminate so not even wood

Original Poster

I have taken onboard what everyone has said and decided its best to not proceed with painting the wardrobe and to save up for a new suitably coloured one, The one I have isnt very old and I would hate to make a total hash of it! thanks for taking the time to respond to my plea

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try ebay and limit search to within 10 miles of your postcode. You'll probably get a decent one for a tenner.

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csiman;2497452

try ebay and limit search to within 10 miles of your postcode. You'll … try ebay and limit search to within 10 miles of your postcode. You'll probably get a decent one for a tenner.



thanks, never thought of that! :thumbsup:

paint the room to match the wardrobe :roll:

i need some colured paint for my shed and panneling in the garden (blue if poss)but carnt find any shall i just use normal wood paint any body no thanks

glynis powell;2642712

i need some colured paint for my shed and panneling in the garden (blue … i need some colured paint for my shed and panneling in the garden (blue if poss)but carnt find any shall i just use normal wood paint any body no thanks



Need to find yourself some of this: cuprinol.co.uk/pro…tml :thumbsup:
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