help on oak bannisters and oak trims

Old 04-20-05, 06:45 PM
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Question help on oak bannisters and oak trims


We've just bought a place with oak everything (trims and bannisters). They just don't go with the decor we have in mind. We're thinking maybe to go with a lighter color (like maple-ish color) or better yet off-white. How does one do this and what would be the easiest way to go about it given the fact that there are tonnes of oak. Your suggestions and comments would be much appreciated.
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If you wish to keep the wood finish you would need to strip the finish in order to stain or poly it a lighter color. If you are wanting to paint it, you need to sand it well, wipe it down with a deglosser [cleans and softens the finish for better adhesion] and prime it with a good bonding primer [kilz, zinser,etc]. Then you can finish with 2 coats of either oil base or latex enamel. Don't forget to caulk the joints for a professional looking job.

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