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Old 10-22-2011, 09:59 AM   #31
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If and when it comes time to repaint, just scuff the poly and go. If it would make you feel more comfortable you could apply a bonding primer, but it isn't necessary with a good scuff.

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looks like i need to repaint, then do 1 coat of poly.

Should make it nice and easy to clean. Thanks, J!
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My stairs already have some sort of finish on them, I dont think it's poly. There was an ugly runner on them that I ripped up and I'd like to keep just the wood, but the steps are dingy and dinged up so I thought I'd try to freshen them up. Let's hope I don't make them worse! Thanks again!!
I picked up a couple of old solid wood panel doors that I installed in our previous home. When I got them they had multiple layers of old paint that I stripped off.
There were several areas that I thought I had sanded thoroughly but there was still residue in the grain. This showed up when I polyurethaned them. A distressed look was OK for me, but since you are working with something that has a previous finish I would recommend you take your time and be sure to get all of the old finish off.
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thanks. I spent about 5 hours sanding last night, got most of the old finish off with 60 grit but still have to get into corners a bit better and then finish off with 150 grit this morning. is that right? was hoping to get the stain on by sun down. I'm not even totally sure the boards are all pine anymore. seems like only the first two are and the rest are hardwood, it was a million times harder to get the finish off of those and the wood seems a bit darker. who knows. thanks guys

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