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Buying a safe from antique safes for sale

By Carolmoore Subscribe to RSS | March 15th 2012 | Views:
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If you are interested in decorating your home with antique furniture, then there are a lot of different varieties to choose from. One of the most important furniture you would like to own is an antique safe. Visit showrooms that have antique safes for sale to get the best model. There are different types of security file cabinets also that can be used for protecting your valuables. After buying an antique piece of furniture it is always better to refinish it for durability. It can enhance the appearance and also preserve the furniture for a longer time. Here is how you can refinish an antique safe.

Most of the antique safes are made of metal. They have to be coated with the proper type of coating. First you will have to apply a particular type of base coat that can etch hard metal surfaces. This will help you to get an even finish and prevent problems like peeling and flaking. When you purchase a safe from antique safes for sale, you have to look very carefully into every corner and interior of the piece to ensure that it is not damaged. When you are fully satisfied with the item, go ahead and purchase it.

For refinishing the antique safe, first wash it with a water-based degreasing cleanser. Use a coarse sponge for washing. Then rinse it with damp rags and wipe it dry with some clean towels. If there are parts of the safe that you do not want to paint, then protect them aptly with the help of painter's tape. Place fabric drop cloth below the safe to protect the floor too. After the safe is dry, coat it with a galvanized metal etching primer with a paintbrush meant for using latex coatings. You have to leave the safe for at least four hours to dry this coating.

Wash the brush well with water. Next, coat the antique safe with oil-based enamel. Use a paintbrush that is meant for using oil-based coatings. Again, wait for about four hours for the enamel to dry. Some people may even use an acrylic latex paint on the antique safe. However, you will not get the same finish and durability provided by the oil-based enamel. Never use the enamel or the acrylic paint on the bare safe because it will end up with peeling and other problems. You will be able to buy security file cabinets and safes from any of the showrooms that have antique safes for sale.

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