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PGirl 08-20-2011 12:17 PM

Painting cira 80"s rough interior trim
I am getting ready to tackle all of the wood trim in our condo. It looks like it could be cedar but I am not sure. It has never been stained or trated since the condo was built. It is rough and ugly. I am not ready to replace all of the trim yet, but I can't stand the dark trim around everything. The wood is so rough it will give you splinters. I am at a loss to where to begin. Do I try a little sanding, or just go for priming it. I am guessing I should use a oil base primer for this. Any help or suggestions would be helpful. My Dad tough me so much, but this gal has not tackled any wood trim that is as ugly as this is.

Brushjockey 08-20-2011 12:39 PM

Cedar is usually not used as interior trim- Can you take a pic and show us?
( Might have to host it and link..)

m1951mm 08-20-2011 12:42 PM

If you whole condo/home is this way, please do yourself a favor and do one room or two if you are ambitious at a time. You will first need to sand down the trim, give it a coat of an oil primer, and sand again prior to even thinking about a finish coat. Anytime you sand between coats it is just as important to clean off the dust as the actual putting on of the paint

Now that I think about it, putting in new factory primed trim does not sound so bad. I understanding wanting to save the old, but when you look at the trim and all the little in's and out's that you have to sand, prime, and possibly sand and prime again to make it RIGHT, putting in new makes sense to me. Dollars are one thing, getting it to where you want it to be are on a different plane.

Please let the other contributors on the forum know what your final hope is, that way you will get better information. Good Luck

jsheridan 08-20-2011 07:30 PM

I would use Zinsser BIN shellac based primer, for two reasons. If it is bleeding wood, you'll be covered. Secondly, it will help encapsulate the roughness better than oil and leave a smoother finish. I would first run some 80 weight sandpaper over the whole surface. Dust it off well, then prime.

mustangmike3789 08-20-2011 07:53 PM


Originally Posted by Brushjockey (Post 711514)
Cedar is usually not used as interior trim- Can you take a pic and show us?
( Might have to host it and link..)

yes, pics of your trim would be nice:laughing:

ltd 08-20-2011 09:23 PM

is this a rustic look in your condo. ruff sawed lumber ? if it is your talking bout belt sander obertal sander type prep.with out seeing a pitcher im only guessing . you can paint over rustic trim ,zinnzer cover stain oil primer then 2 coats latex semi or satin

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