Step 3. Sand + Prime
If your piece is in good condition, you can skip the sanding step and go straight to priming your piece. Bonding primers don’t require sanding, even if your piece is heavily varnished, but giving the furniture a good scuffing with a medium (80 grit) sanding wedge not only helps clean off any debris, but gives your primer a better surface to cling too. If you want a paint job that will last, using a good bonding primer is key. If you’re going to take the time and energy to paint a piece, take the time to prime it too. If using the spray version instead of a brush on formula, be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and dispose of your cans according to your local waste regulations. If using a brush, apply it with a foam roller and follow up with a brush. Once you’re primer is fully dry, sand away any drips or residue and wipe your piece down with a soft cloth.