enter image description here I want to paint a shelf in White , What should i use?


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    I’m voting to close this question because it's about a home improvement project, not traditional arts and crafts.
    – Allison C
    May 11 '20 at 15:55
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    Use white paint.
    – rebusB
    May 11 '20 at 16:58
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    I'm with rebusB on this. An alternative, more detailed answer: use white paint suitable for wood. @CIMend: what makes this plank so special you need to ask this here?
    – Joachim
    May 11 '20 at 22:50
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    @ClMend if this answers your question, I'm not sure how good a fit the question is for the site, but a shelf should typically either be painted with non-water-based paint, or if water-based paint is used, overcoated with a non-water-based finish. Water-based paint tends to absorb humidity and soften, so items stationary on a shelf will stick to it.
    – fixer1234
    May 12 '20 at 3:24
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    @ClMend, it isn't clear what specific problem is giving you trouble on this project. What would a good answer address?
    – fixer1234
    May 12 '20 at 11:19

Ignoring the masking in of the mask design for now and answering original question.

The choice of paint is up to you. As fixer1234 noted you are better off using oil based enamel paint as it gives a harder more permanent finish but latex will do if you want to avoid solvents and messy cleanup.

You would want to sand and prime the board first. Match the primer to the paint you plan to use. Sand after priming, maybe use two coats if the wood is extra thirsty or the old finish still shows through. Same goes for your finish coats.

To add a design, make a stencil or hand paint it after applying the base coat. Be sure if you are using a different color that it is the same type of paint (latex or oil enamel). Then apply a clear coat to protect it, also of the same type of paint.

I am not going to go into paint brands or how to prep and clean brushes etc... that you can find out for yourself with a little basic research.

  • first i used the primer
    – ClMend
    Jun 5 '20 at 13:48

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