Do I need to sand a table before I paint it?

I have a wood table with some scratches. I want to paint it with Heirloom gel wood stain. I went to their homepage and it says no sanding needed. Because I want to make sure, could you please advise me if it's going to cover the scratches?

  6 answers
  • Carole Carole on Dec 01, 2017
    Depending on how deep the scratches are, I think I would still give it a sanding. The scratches may just absorb the stain more than the rest of the table and really show up!

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Dec 01, 2017
    It will color the scratches but not fill them. I personally would give it a fast sand.
  • Rembatb Rembatb on Dec 01, 2017
    It is always best to sand before painting so that the paint adheres well and the color of the paint to be it's truest. Sand, primer, paint but you don't have to in order have a satisfactory look especially for short term use.
  • William William on Dec 02, 2017
    Carole is correct. You are staining and not painting. The scratches will absorb more stain than the surrounding wood and show up darker. You need to sand the top to remove the scratches. If you were painting with paint then just a light sanding, prime, then paint. The primer would fill in the scratches.
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Dec 03, 2017
    Would be best if you did just to smooth so paint will adhere
  • Angelique Donsbach Angelique Donsbach on Dec 04, 2017
    Thank you all!

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