Lighter stain over dark stain area ?

Old 07-26-06, 03:51 PM
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Question Lighter stain over dark stain area ?

Trying to paint the kitchen cabinets. They have been stained in a dark color in the past. Now we want to stain them in a lighter color.
Is this possible ?
I tried a small area, and the lighter stain isn't even showing because of the dark stain ...

- should I try to remove the dark stain with something ? (some product I can use)

- if it's not possible to use a light stain; is painting my only option ?
I guess using a primer and then paint is the way to go; but how do I use primer and paint without having brush marks on the end result ?
Old 07-26-06, 04:19 PM
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You'll have to remove the old stain with a stripper and then you will be able to apply the new lighter shade.
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The stripper has to get really deep into the pores of the wood.
If you aren't happy with a diy stripper, there are companies that will dip the cabs into a vat of stripper. Look in the yp. I'd only go this route if the cabs are a good, solid hardwood such as cherry, oak, or walnut. Not worth it if they are pine, IMHO. They probably are not maple or oak. Don't know that I've ever seen dark stain on maple or oak.
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As Bob said it is hard to strip wood well enough for a lighter colored stain to work well. I have seen dark stain on oak a time or two but never on maple.

If you do paint be sure to sand well and use a solvent based primer.

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