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How to Paint a File Cabinet

January 19, 2024

how to paint a file cabinet

Addition of fresh paint can transform any file cabinet and give your office or home workspace a whole new look. From old and dull cabinets that need attention to those just needing some TLC, the task can be completed easily with little effort required. With this article as your guide, you will learn how to properly prepare the surface, sand it down, apply primer coats, and finally paint coats until the end result will make an impressive statement in any work space!

Sanding your metal file cabinet will help smooth it out and eliminate any rust or loose paint, as well as prepare its surfaces for painting. Sand any drawers you plan on painting as well. Afterward, use a tack cloth to wipe down the surface to remove dust or debris before applying rust converter and waiting until it dries before continuing on with step 2.

Primer is an essential step of painting, helping the top coats adhere better and providing a durable finish. Use a latex-based primer that suits the material composition of your file cabinet for best results.

When applying the top coats of spray paint, be sure to do it in light layers. The first application, often known as the "tack" coat, should be extremely thin; subsequent coats should also be lightly applied and a few minutes apart so as to avoid running or drips. Shake the can frequently to avoid run-off or drips.

Anna Petrova

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