Peeling Paint on Wood Trim

Old 10-04-13, 10:24 PM
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Peeling Paint on Wood Trim

My house has lots of wood trim that has been painted over with an oil based while paint. Over time, quite a bit of that paint has chipped off down to the bare wood. I'm trying to avoid scraping the paint down as I'm sure there is a lead paint layer and I have small children. My question is what is the best method to fill these chips so that when I repaint, the surface is smooth and un-pocked. See the attached pictures for example of what I'm talking about.
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It looks like the woodwork was originally stained/varnished and then someone painted over the varnish with latex paint without the proper prep. If so, there shouldn't be any lead issues. Lead was never used with latex paints - only oil base.

You can use spackling or even joint compound to fill in the chipped areas [be sure to remove all the loose first] The patches will need sanding/priming before you apply the enamel.

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