Painting over stained wood?????????????


Old 03-27-08, 05:49 AM
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Question Painting over stained wood?????????????

I have a chair rail that that I am about to put up but it is currently stained with a meduim colored stain. I want to paint the chair rail white. First, is it possilbe to paint over without ever seeing the stain finish? Do i use a kilz to cover the stain? If this is not recommended, please let me know, I can always buy new paintable grade wood and install that. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Clean the old wood thoroughly with mineral spirits to remove the accumulated grease, grit, and grime. Lightly scuff sand the finish to improve adhesion, prime, then paint.
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It would be best to use a solvent based primer, most latex primers don't adhere well to poly/varnish. it usually takes 1 coat primer and 2 coats finish [latex or oil] to completely cover the stain/poly.
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I like to use B.I.N. That's what works best for me when ever covering stained molding to ensure it does not bleed through your top coat. Definitely not a latex as mentioned, however all I have to add to this is, I usually will use a respirator whenever using the solvent base and make sure the room is ventilated well.

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If you are reinstalling this trim without any cutting, prime with an oil or shellac primer. Then apply two finish coats for a pro looking finish.

If this trim is from elsewhere, and you are cutting it to fit, I would buy new trim, prime and two finish coats.
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Scuff sand
Prime with a quality solvent-based primer (I'd suggest Zinsser's Cover-Stain off-hand, but Zinsser's shellac-based BIN, Ben Moore and Sherwin William's Akyd primers also are good choices)
Two finish coats premium quality paints, latex or alkyd
I'd recommend a nice oil or waterborne enamel myself
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