How to Paint Stained Trim
Seems like everyone is loving the farmhouse style right now so painting trim is a priority in room remodels!
Stained trim has an oil based sealer on it (polyurethane). For the same reason oil and water don't mix, latex paint cannot be painted on stained trim. It will stick for a while but eventually flake and peal off.
To begin, tape off any areas you don't want painted. (walls, carpet, glass, etc). Use 120 grit sandpaper to scuff the surface and remove any sheen. Wipe surfaces down with a damp cloth.
Next, use a disposable brush to paint on a coat of oil based primer. Allow to dry.
Add a couple coats of paint.
When you go from stained to painted, you will see gaps in some areas.
Use latex painters caulk to seal the gaps.
Run your finger over the caulk to smooth it. Wipe off any excess. Allow to dry. Most caulk says paintable in 30 minutes but it takes an hour or 2. Touch up to caulked areas with paint.
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