Can you stain or paint? What would be the best stain?

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We are planning to redo the wooden decks and railings. The flooring has been stained and the railings may have been painted. Can we stain over the paint or vice versa?

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  • OceeB OceeB on Jun 30, 2018
    Stain will not absorb into the wood if it has been painted. that is the difference.. paint stays on top of wood and stain is created to be absorbed and show wood textures etc. It would probably peel

  • Charlotte Crager Marko Charlotte Crager Marko on Jun 30, 2018
    You can paint over stain but you cannot stain over paint. The paint can be sanded off then you could stain the railings. You can also use a darker stain over the stained flooring.

  • Estasban Estasban on Jun 30, 2018

    You can for sure paint over stain, if it is completely dry. Stain over paint will act like an "antiquating technic" used many years ago to turn modern furniture or cabinets in to "instant" antiques. (yeah I'm that old-sigh)

    However if your paint is worn out and chipping/flecking off then a good sanding will remove the worst and a good deck paint could be applied. Contact a paint supplier and ask for their recommendations as to what is best for you area.

  • Estasban Estasban on Jun 30, 2018

    oops dbl post

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 30, 2018
    to get a even look on the deck it will be in your best interest to strip the exsisting finish

  • Becky Becky on Jun 30, 2018
    You can't paint over stain, find out...maybe pressure wash it and see what you get.

  • Becky Becky on Jun 30, 2018
    I'm sorry! I meant you can't stain over paint! :)