My granddaughter is expecting twin girls sometime late November. She has two cribs (used) that we plan to clean and paint. I will probably use some Zinsser Seal Coat first. Can anyone give me some spray paint suggestion for these cribs?

I have the Fuji Mini-Mite 3, a three stage HVLP sprayer, along with a normal needle set and the next larger needle set.

I’ve sprayed Benjamin Moore’s Advanced with moderate success. I’ve thinned it more than recommended and used the larger needle set. Even then it’s a challenge.

I’ve considered using Sherwin Williams’ Pro Classic, but I think it will be similar to the BM’s Advantage.

I know that I could oil based enamel, but I don’t like the long drying time. Lacquer would be nice to spray, but would it be suitable for baby cribs? I think I would like use water borne enamel or something similar.

Suggestions and comments are welcome.

Gary in Wake Forest, NC
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Real shellac . While all current finishes are non-toxic when cured; that is not the same as safe for human consumption! Shellac is.
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Real shellac . While all current finishes are non-toxic when cured; that is not the same as safe for human consumption! Shellac is.

M & Ms are coated with shellac, so you know it is safe. I second the shellac suggestion.

Here a quote from the Vegetarian Resource Group:

Shellac has GRAS status by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which means that it is generally recognized as safe in foods. If used as a fruit or vegetable coating, it may be labeled as lac resin or as shellac. - See more at: http://www.vrg.org/blog/2010/11/30/q-a-o...bKF0p.dpuf

Gold leaf is also edible (you see it on very expensive chocolates). So you can have a two tone with natural wood and gold.

See: http://www.amazon.com/Edible-Gold-25-3-3...B0006GSQYK
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I think you will do well with Pro Classic, several folks have mentioned that BM Advanced is a little tough to deal with. The Seal Coat is a good choice to insure adhesion.
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I have not used the BM, But I have used the SW pro classic. Never tried to spray it as it is pretty thick.

Another option is milk paint, top coated with a clear water based finish.

SW's waterborne Pro Classic is really, really thick, infinity through a #4 Ford cup. You can't spray it with conventional HVLP equipment without a lot of thinning. I would look for something different and Scoony's suggestion of milk paint + clearcoat makes a lot of sense. Another option is GF's Enduro White Poly, which can be tinted any color you want.


Nitocellulose is ok'd by the FDA as an 'indirect food additive' (allowed in packaging that touches food).

Regardless of the finish selected, you may want to consider adding plastic teething rails.

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