Re-painting an older wood dresser (do I need to prime)?

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Old 10-07-08, 10:32 AM
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Re-painting an older wood dresser (do I need to prime)?

Hello,

I'm re-painting an older wood dresser that's been sitting in the garage for a few years. It's already been painted white in the past and I'm painting it white again. So, more than anything, I'm just "freshening" it up with a new coat of paint.

I'm going to give it a good clean (with TSP) and then possibly (if required) give it a light sanding to rough it up a bit, but I'm wondering if I also need to prime it, or if I can just paint over the old white with the new white?

Oh and I've got an extra can of white latex paint I had used when recently painting the trim around my windows does anyone see any issue with me using this paint on the dresser (assuming the old paint was latex as well)?

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Kristin.
 
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Old 10-07-08, 12:45 PM
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It is always a good idea to sand prior to painting [don't forget to remove the sanding dust] TSP is a good cleaner but it must be rinsed well! No primer is needed if the current paint is latex. There is a sticky at the top of this forum with info on how to tell if the old paint is oil or latex.

Assuming the white enamel you used on the woodwork is a quality enamel - that's what you would want to use on the dresser anyway
 
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Old 10-07-08, 12:51 PM
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Thanks a lot!!!
I'll check out the sticky too!
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