I painted a dresser with a base coat of Zinser and then 4 thin layer of Valspar semi gloss white. It's cured over two weeks now and it still chips so easily that it's clear that this is going to be a constant pain in my rear to keep it looking nice in a kid's room. I went to the local box home improvement store and asked their paint "expert" there what poly coat to use and how to get a smooth, hard finish on it and it became abundantly clear he knew even less than me.
We're getting ready to paint her newly built loft bed but I don't want to deal with the same issue. How does one get the hard paint finish that you find on furniture that you buy?
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