Can I use metal paint on wood?
February 24, 2009 5:13 AM Subscribe
What exactly does it mean for paint to be formulated "for metal substrates only"? Can I use it on wood?
posted by torticat to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
My husband and I are working (very sloooowly) on renovating a 120-year-old-house. All the original woodwork was stripped out of the house before we moved in, and since we can't afford to redo it in natural oak, we're putting in poplar and painting it. Years ago I chose an oil paint but apparently didn't read the fine print, which I just noticed says the paint is "for metal substrates only." I've already used in on a few surfaces: doors, spindles, crown molding. However, we still have the bulk of painting ahead of us--all the base moldings, window and door frames, etc. Is it a bad idea to continue using this paint?
I'm particularly interested in durability, since this is an immense painting project (three-story house). The already-painted surfaces (painted in the range of two to five years ago) have chipped in places, but I'd attributed that to poor surface prep. The doors and spindles had been previously painted/varnished, and I lightly sanded before painting but probably could have scuffed them up a bit more. But now I'm wondering if the formulation of metal paint keeps it from adhering well to wood?
The paint is Glidden Ultra-Hide oil/alkyd interior/exterior semi-gloss. Any info on how paints & substrates work together will be much appreciated.