Wood trim paint type


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Old 01-03-09, 06:31 AM
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Question Wood trim paint type

What do I use to paint - and repaint - wood trim in the entry? Some is new wood. Some is stair railing that needs redoing. I have read about alkyd, water based, etc. Which is best? It sure looks like the old paint was oil because of how beautifully smooth it is. (House is 12 yrs old.) We had several feet of brackish water in there (Hurricane Ike) and the old paint is blistered in a few places, but overall, it did rather well. We have already replaced the drywall. The new trim is cut and ready, but before I proceed, I want to go with the right primers and paints. I had a bad experience with Behr latex interior enamel in that it left brush strokes, and it has a soft, almost rubbery feel to it, rather than hard and smooth. I would love to hear from all of you DIY experts. Thanks.
 
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Welcome to the forums Rebecca!

There is a sticky at the top of the painting forum that will help you determine if you have latex or oil base enamel on your woodwork.

The new wood should be primed with an enamel undercoater. Either latex or oil base - both will do a good job. You should use the same type of enamel that is currently on the paintd trim. If it's oil base enamel and you wish to switch to latex -you must coat it first with an oil base primer!

You will find better coatings [and advice] at your local paint store [not dept] They can help you choose the right primers and finish paint for your needs.
 
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Thank you, that is good to know. Where is the "painting forum?" I found a sticky at the top of this forum, but I have found no forum labeled painting. Please direct me. I feel so lost!
 
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Thumbs up Great info

Thank you for the help. That is exactly what I needed to know. And while I am at it, thank you all for this great web site. It has helped me in many ways.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 11:26 AM
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Thumbs up Looking good

The painting isn't finished, but it is going very well. I just wanted to thank you and give a little feedback. The forum was so helpful with regards to brands of paint, sanding and prep work, cleaning procedures and selecting the right brushes. The guys at my local SW store matched the paint samples beautifully, and they had to do it manually, too! Thanks so much.
 
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Old 01-19-09, 12:39 PM
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You are more than welcome. It's always nice to hear from a satisfied customer


ummm, ahh, where do we send the bill?
 
 

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