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One coat of flat black, then another coat 30 minutes after the first coat. Next you will want to apply two coats of clear coat back to back. Drying times are very critical and should never be shortened, only extended. Your paint will take up to 60 days to fully cure but produces an exceptional finish that is very durable.
Many people have issues with spray paint but if you practice and allow plenty of drying time you should have no problems.
Do not soak the inside of the trunk, as it will cause serious warping issues.
After the water has been absorbed into the old paper use the scrapper to scrape it out. Make sure that you remove all of the paper from the inside.
Once the wood is masked use a quality primer, paint and clear coat.
We recommend Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer, Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover Flat black and Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover Flat Clear Coat.
My ideas so far have been to sand out the X and paint the box.
I would even out the gouges and cover with paintable tape before painting.
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Below you find our guide on how to restore an antique trunk for you Do It Yourself (DIY) folks out there.