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Old 01-20-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
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I have tp paint 2 wood doors that are currently stained. any tips?

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Have the doors been varnished, or only stained. If they've been varnished, would you have any guess as to how long ago they were varnished?

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Use one of those really expensive roller covers. Just kiddin.

If they've been poly'd then it seems to me that you'll need to lightly sand them, then either prime them and finish with latex or use a good enamal. Latex on top of poly will never hold up.
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Clean
A light scuff sanding
Wipe off dust (tack cloth is a good choice)
Prime with a quality oil-based primer (Zinsser's Cover-Stain is a good choice)
Lightly sand and tack again
Two coats premium quality enamel (Ben Moore's Satin Impervo or Sherwin William's Pro Classic are good choices), oil or waterborne (your choice)
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Clean
A light scuff sanding
Wipe off dust (tack cloth is a good choice)
Prime with a quality oil-based primer (Zinsser's Cover-Stain is a good choice)
Lightly sand and tack again
Two coats premium quality enamel (Ben Moore's Satin Impervo or Sherwin William's Pro Classic are good choices), oil or waterborne (your choice)
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Well, the reason why I asked the questions I did is:

A) If the doors have been stained, but never varnished, then he could primer right over the stained wood, and

B) If the doors were varnished prior to 1956 (when oil based polyurethane first came out), then instead of sanding, he could use TSP to dull the gloss of his real varnish rather than sand.

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