Painting Over Stain...

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--Barbara P

I would like to paint my stained trim, doors and windows. How do I paint over stained wood? I am trying to update the look.

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We admire your ambition to update your house! Painting over stained trim, doors, and windows should be a snap, although a bit time consuming depending on how many areas you are doing.
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Plastic drop cloths
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Degreaser / cleaner
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Sandpaper (fine grit - 200 or higher)
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Primer
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Paint
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Paint brushes and rollers
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Wood filler (optional, only if needed)
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Palm sander (optional, only if desired)
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Eye protection
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Ready? Here's how to start:
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First, be sure to clean the surface of the wood with any type of degreaser (you can find this at any local hardware store or home improvement retailer). Alternatively, you can also use a good household cleaning solution if they're not too old, dirty or greasy.
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Next, remove the doors from the hinges. They will be much easier to work with then trying to sand and paint them while they're attached. You can lay the door(s) on a table and do one side at a time, or lay the door between two chairs or workbenches. If you can't remove the doors, that's okay; it may just take a tad longer.
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Lightly sand the wood trim, windows and doors using fine grade sandpaper (200 grit or higher) to remove the shine, and to assure the primer and paint will adhere. (For more information on sandpaper, read our article). Ideally, if you have a few doors to do you may want to buy a palm sander. You can find a good small one for about $30-$40, and it will save you a lot of time and arm strength, not to mention they're easy-and fun!-to use.
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If there are any holes, nicks or cracks in the wood, you may want to fill them with wood filler. This is very easy to do; simply apply the paste to the hole and allow to dry. Note that you will need to re-sand over the area you filled once it's dry, since the filler can create a mess on top of the wood that will show through the paint.
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The next step is to paint on a primer (see article on why this is important). Before you do, however, you first need to decide if you want to use oil-based paints or water-based paints (there are primers made to go under oil paints, and primers made to go under water-based). What you never want to do is apply water-based primer over oil paint. I'm sure you know the adage about oil and water not mixing! The top layer of paint will end up peeling.
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As for deciding on oil-based paint versus water-based paint: oil is slightly harder to clean, though it can provide longer lasting results. Oil paints are good for areas that have moisture, such as the bathroom, or are high traffic. Water-based paints are easy to work with and are not as toxic as oil-based paints. In terms of the sheen, you should use a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint for trim (read our article for more help on picking paint sheens).
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<blockquote id="janetip">Jane Tip: Ask the paint person to tint your primer similar to the color of your paint. If you're painting your trim/doors in white or off-white, there's no need since primer comes standard in white.</blockquote>
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After the primer dries completely (per manufacturers directions), simply apply your desired paint color! Depending on your results, you may need more than one coat. And that should take care of it.
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Good luck, Barbara! Way to Be Jane! Send us before and after pictures.
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25
Nov

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