I have some untreated pine drawers that I would like to paint white for use
in a nursery.
What type of paint is best for this job? I was thiking of using a
undercoat/primer first, but then didn't know if gloss on top of this, or
normal emulsion with another coat of varnish would be best.
Any advice would be very welcome :)
All oil based and lead free - a primer, undercoat x 2 coats and then gloss
(1 or 2 coats).
Conversly, you could use all water based paints  but in my opinion, don't
mix oil and water based paints if want a durable finish.
 - A water based primer/undercoat and a water based gloss - personally I
would also avoid using emulsion paints as a primer/undercoat per se.
IMHO... use a combination primer/undercoat (from B&Q or the like). As
regards the top coat, I have found the non-gloss top coat to be not very
durable - I used it on a stair bannister fitting and it chips like mad. So I
would use a good gloss paint as a finish. Or even a top coat of matt high
quality varnish on top of whatever you use.
I remember a few years ago re-doing some bedroom furniture in that
wood-finish stuff - where you have a comb-thingy to create the grains. I
applied two coats of matt varnish over the top, because it chipped so
easily. It's still OK (which is not to say I particularly like it now!).
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