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Painting Barstools

Make your barstools look new again with a fresh coat of paint.



Meg from Green With Decor brightened her kitchen by painting her barstools with our FLEXiO 3000 paint sprayer.



Here's a look at the original barstool.

Barstool before photo

Sand and clean barstools

Sand your barstools with fine sandpaper and then clean your barstools.

Sand barstools

Prepare primer and sprayer

Prep your primer. Stir and then pour the primer into the painter’s cup. You’ll repeat this step later with your paint. (If you’re painting over a light color, you can skip priming.)

Assemble your paint sprayer, paying attention to the direction the suction tube is pointed depending if you’ll be painting upward or downward.

Wagner Paint Sprayer

Adjust sprayer settings

Adjust the material flow control (gray knob) and air power control (red dial) settings to your particular project. When painting something with a small surface area such as a barstool, start with the settings low. You can adjust higher if needed. Pay attention to the air cap at the front of the paint sprayer, depending if you’re painting in a horizontal, vertical or round pattern. You’ll probably adjust this throughout your project as you paint different parts of the barstool.

Wagner Paint Sprayer Ready to Paint

Prime barstools

Do one coat of primer (if needed) and two coats of paint, letting the paint dry in between each coat. It may be helpful to flip the barstools over to ensure you paint the entire piece.

How to paint barstools

Paint barstools

Keep the sprayer moving, and always face your project head on instead of just flicking your hand back and forth. You should be about 6-8 inches from your barstool when spraying.

Paint a few coats with a paint sprayer

Keep nozzle clean

Wipe the paint sprayer nozzle with a damp paper towel throughout your project to prevent any bits of dried paint from interfering with your paint spray.

Wagner Barstools Painted

Clean up and enjoy

Clean your paint sprayer. The sooner the better, before the paint dries on it. (If you use primer, clean the paint sprayer between the primer and paint.) Then enjoy your new barstools!

For more details on this project, head to Green With Decor’s post: How to paint barstools with a paint sprayer.

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