Painting over stain
There isn't a black and white answer for that.
Stained wood is always covered with a clear coat that is very smooth. A smooth finish does not promote paint adhesion. So, simply put, you can paint it, but chances are that the paint will not last very long, or it won't stick very long.
There are primers that advertise being able to go right over stained wood without sanding. However, as a painter, I would always, always recommend sanding and priming.
There's good news. Sanding this type of finish isn't very difficult. It's more of a scuffing than a sanding, just enough to remove the shiny finish.
Stripping won't be necessary.
Last edited by joewho; 03-24-2007 at 06:57 PM.