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Old 06-29-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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Painting over wood stained trim


We recently bought our first home and were looking to paint our wood trim white. The issue is the trim is from from when the house was first built ('88) and was never maintained or restained since then. The result is a dull sheen to no sheen on the baseboards and chair rail, and some what shiny on the window frames. In some places the wood has been worn back to it's natural state.

My question is, do we have to remove the stain, buy a deglosser, sand the wood, or simply prime and paint? The wood is in good condition, very minimal nicks or dents.

We have decided to use the BM products as they seem to offer the best coverage.

Any advice is much appreciated!

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If it were me I would skip the deglosser and just scuff sand. Then I would use oil based primer for better bond on any gloss, penetration on any worn spots and to lock in any bleed from the wood and stain. Then topcoat with Regal Semi-Gloss.

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Thanks for your reply!

After sanding would recommend just simply washing the wood clean or using something like Jasco TSP No-Rinse Substitute? And do you know if there is a wait time between cleaning the wood and priming?
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After sanding would recommend just simply washing the wood clean or using something like Jasco TSP No-Rinse Substitute? And do you know if there is a wait time between cleaning the wood and priming?

Just wipe it down with a damp rag, let it dry, prime and paint. As suggested an oil based primer would be optimal but I have done many , many jobs like this using Fresh Start latex primer. It will work just fine especially if you scruff sand it first
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I am not a fan of using an oil based primer on wood trim. The reason is that, especially if the wood is a softer wood, when it gets hit by something the wood dents. Oil based products dry hard and will crack/chip where as a latex based material will flex with the dent and not chip. Downside of latex primer is that it is not a good stain blocker.

make sure you sand well either way.
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Would you all recommend sanding off the original stain or just smoothing the wood? I ask because the wood has been worned down to the original wood color in some areas (and because I have never had to sand wood trim before!)
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Would you all recommend sanding off the original stain or just smoothing the wood? I ask because the wood has been worned down to the original wood color in some areas (and because I have never had to sand wood trim before!)

No need to sand it all off, just light go over it with maybe 120- 150 grit paper and clean off the dust.
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Great! Thanks for your help!

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