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Old 02-16-2011, 10:05 PM   #16
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this was a very interesting and informative thread. As a long time painter, I've stained new wood, painted new wood, and painted over stained wood, some of it past due and some criminal. I painted a brand new, custom built oak grand staircase not originally intended to be painted. the carpenter was furious. But the customer changed their mind last minute. I'll echo what I think I've learned over the years and mention something i didn't see mentioned. For stained trim to be truly impressive, it must be premium wood installed by a master carpenter, nothing less, and those two things will cost you. What I didn't hear was who is going to stain the wood. Both paint and stain are coatings, and painters apply coatings, but not all painters are coating specialists. The stainer must be as skilled and meticulous as the carpenter or the costs incurred to date are wasted. I've seen too many times where painters have destroyed finely crafted woodwork with what they thought was skill. I was recently hired, after the last guy was fired, by a lady who didn't understand that, until he destroyed her new French doors and frames. He was a painter, who knew. I've done some serious staining work over the years, but I'm far from a specialist, so I've sweat a lot of bullets over the years too. But I do know it requires a different understanding of wood and coatings, and another level of skill not possessed by the everyday painter. Screen carefully, you only get one shot.

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Most of it also depends on what color you are painting the walls. Colors such as white, ivory, beige are usually ok with wood, but darker colors often look better with white.
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I would go with stained wood. If you don't like it you can always paint it white.

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