Painting a desk, am I using the wrong paint?
I keep running into problems painting a desk. The desk is actually an old door which we prop up on top of two file cabinets.
I sanded it down all the way to primer, then primed it with Kilz gold label primer. Then, I waited 24 hours. Then I painted the first coat with Valspar Interior Semi-gloss Latex paint (the kind that is paint and primer in one, because that is all that I could find). Then I waited another 24 hours, then added a second coat because the first coat didn't cover all the way.
I am using a roller, for what that is worth.
The result is that the dried paint is tacky and slightly gummy. I can dent it with my finger nail and peel it off after a week. I guess I thought semi-gloss latex paint would be ok, because it dries very hard on my wood trim.
The funny part is that I did this same thing 5 years ago, same door desk with semi gloss paint. The paint was gummy then too, and wore away.
My Question: Am I using the wrong type of paint for this desk?
Semi gloss dries nice and hard on wood trim, I thought it would be great for this desk.
Last edited by drew2000; 01-22-2013 at 05:48 PM.