Is there a required or desired type of paint (not brand but TYPE) of paint
that should be used for surfaces that food will be served on? I'm gonna be
painting my dining room table and was wondering if this was a job for oil
based satin finish or latex flat finish or paint then a coat of varnish or
some other obscure combination. I'm guessing satin or gloss finish due to
the increased durability with regards to washing, but wasn't sure if oil was
preferred to latex or whether it would be best to avoid paint altogether for
I know this does not answer your question exactly as you ask it but
there is a product manufactured by Genral Finishes called Salad Bowl
Finish and I think it is rated by the FDA (or is that the CIA) as
being safe for eating utensils and surfaces when dry. Woodcraft sells
it and here is their link;
Hope this helps,
We are on kind of old turf here, so to be blunt:
- Will anyone be eating the dried paint?
- Will anyone be eating off the table top?
- Will you be using lead based paint to finish?
If the answer is "no", don't worry about poisoning yourself, or even
making yourself sick.
In general terms, solvent based paints dry harder than latex. So do
the solvent based clear coats (lacquers, polys, etc.). Solvent based
paints are also significantly more cleanable.
An industrial grade colored oil based coating (enamel) sold at a real
paint store will dry harder than you will believe. About three coats
of that stuff will give you what you seek, which is a washable surface
with great abrasion resistance. I use different brands for high usage
surfaces like handrails, restaurant doors, etc., when the clients want
Clear coats such as lacquer and poly don't really get hard until you
get into the two part systems that you catalyze before using. These
finishes are not for the inexperienced.
And in general terms, high gloss finishes will be the hardest, most
abrasion resistant finishes. When you apply the high gloss version,
you have the least silica, zinc, clay, or whatever else the
manufacturer puts in the finish to dull its reflectivity, leaving you
with pretty much the cured resin as the end product.
Yeah I knew this would be an old hat question. But honestly I had a
difficult time finding a useful answer using Google. The tendency to put
advertising responses first makes it really tough to slog through to the
generic answers. How you phrase the question really effects the answers it
I'm finding that search engine to be less and less useful as time goes by.
Thanks, I'll talk to the paint store guys and see what they suggest. I have
a good working relationship with a real good paintstore, but I like to have
some idea of what I'm looking for before going in.
Any paint will do that is manufactured in the USA. All american paints are
safe once they are dry (not including some artists paints). So oil based,
latex enamal etc are fine. If you are going for a artsy look just go for
it, if you are going for durbility see above posts
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