Help with paint???

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  1. pwhatley

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    I'm changing rooms this year, and the lockers and shelves in my new room are in horrible shape, so I want to paint them (yes, I have permission). The last time I painted my lockers, I used spray paint (specifically Rustoleum "regular"), and they turned out fantastic, but man, what a mess! I had to mop for days afterwards to get the "overspray" off the floor, and that was despite masking off for about 4' all around the lockers! In addition, I want to paint my wooden shelves. I need a paint that would be good for both, and would hold up to 3rd graders. I can't sand my shelves, because there is probably lead paint on them from years ago - it's safer just to clean, then paint them.

    I'm looking for not-too-expensive paint that will work for both the lockers and the shelves. Technique tips wouldn't be turned down, either!

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Is the existing paint mostly in good condition, aside from how it looks?
     
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    There are chips & cracks, etc. - the top coat on the shelves is at least 15 years old (that's how long our custodian has been there, and he's never painted).
     
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    Is the paint between the chips and cracks mostly fairly solidly attached to what's underneath, though?
     
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    I've used Krylon latex enamel paint on school furniture before, but I would recommend using a primer first.
     
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    I'm not sure - I can't even get into my classroom until Monday afternoon :(
     
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    Lightly sand and the use an all in one primer/paint...Behr makes one that does both jobs.:thumb:
     
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    painting lockers

    When I taught K I painted my lockers because I could not stand that ugly gray in my room. I cleaned the lockers really well, applied a light coat of liquid sander and then used regular latex paint. I was in that room for 4 years and never had to touch them up. I moved across state so I don't know exactly how long they held up after I left.
     
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    I'd love to paint the lockers in my room, too. They are in good shape, just the ugliest institutional green you've ever seen. Just the thought, though, scares me. Between the "vents", the numbers, the hinges...I just know it would look bad if I did it. My room got painted 3 or 4 years ago. I picked a really pretty yellow and love it.

    Since we're talking paint - has anyone tried painting pressboard, laminate furniture? I want to put shelves at the end of my tables (totally stole that from someone on here! lol) but the ones I have are black and I really want them a lighter color.)
     
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    ChristyF - When I painted the lockers in my last room, I painted over the numbers (we didn't use them, anyway), and taped off the handles & hinges. It was a bit of a chore, but it worked!

    I haven't painted that type of furniture before, but I would imagine that as long as the paint had primer in it, it wouldn't be that hard.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for your great suggestions! TG, if any "chips" are loose, I'll pick them off by hand and throw them away before painting. My hubby is an environmental specialist and has dealt with lead paint in the past in the workplace, and that is his suggestion - other than an entire lead abatement system, which neither the school nor I can afford!
     
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    pwhatley, I wonder if this would work?
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_168188-565-6032_4294713165__?productId=3549094

    I actually bought some to remove paint from an old iron staircase rail that has been painted white, HOWEVER I haven't tried it yet so I can't vouch for it. The reviews I saw on it sound good. I figured it was worth a try vs. sanding because once I start doing that I get chips everywhere. I believe you can put it on and cover it with plastic wrap overnight and the next day the old paint wipes right off. If I remember correctly, I first saw it recommended for getting rid of lead paint without sanding.

    Christy, you can paint it with the right kind of primer. There are a TON of crafty blogs out there painting furniture so if you google it you might gain some more thorough advice (and step-by-step photos). Typically you need to give it a light sanding and/or use a deglosser, then prime it. Some of the primers claim to be able to stick to anything though. I am going to be painting a bunch of furniture, trim, etc. BUT I don't have any personal advice yet... still in research/planning phases. :)
     
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    I asked about the paint between the chips, pwhatley, because if the paint's chipped but otherwise reasonably well adhered to the surface below, it could probably simply be painted over, whereas if it's mostly loose, much more prep should be done.

    But with everyone else's input and your husband's, it sounds like you've got things well in... hand.
     

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