Painting over stain on cedar wood

by SandyG
I have two glider chairs that are looking weathered (not in a good way) and need to be freshened up. Also, they were stained before wood had cured and have dried sap in around knot holes. Can I paint over stain and what do I need to do to prepare wood for painting?
  7 answers
  • Julie Stenske Julie Stenske on Jun 21, 2016
    Sanding the wood, to clean it or take off any varnish, should make the paint stick. There are colored stains that might cover the brown stain. If you sand it enough you can lighten most of the brown stain and put a red or blue penetrating stain over it. Not an opaque stain. The opaque stain is like paint, it will eventually peel. Once something is stained , you can just stain or paint over it.
    • SandyG SandyG on Jun 21, 2016
      Was leaning toward painting for a pop of color but I know they make so many colored-penetrating stains. Given me something to thing about.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 21, 2016
    You will need to sand them down first as the new paint or stain will not adhere correctly.
  • Marilee H Marilee H on Jun 21, 2016
    Yes, sand, but then use a good stain blocking primer (Kilz is one example) to help prevent bleed through of stain or sap from the knotholes.
    • SandyG SandyG on Jun 21, 2016
      If I paint, I definitely want to use Kilz to prevent bleed through.
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 21, 2016
    Do you know if the stain was water or oil based? Most older stains were oil based and they're a bit tougher to prepare for a new paint job. A shellac primer should do the trick, and you can buy it in a spray can which will make it a little easier to get into all of those gaps and grooves. If the chairs are going to be outside I've found that roof paint works really well and lasts a long time in the elements. Hope it helps.
  • Peter Kovak Peter Kovak on Jun 21, 2016
    The arm chair is really beautiful. If it were mine I would completely disassemble it, sand each part, clean with mineral spirit (prepare it for painting), build it again and then look at it, close my eyes and decide what to apply on it: paint, varnish, or oil. If the wood has beautiful grain I think it's a pity to hide it with paint. There are oils that cure quickly and don't stain the clothes, and there are all sorts of lacker that look really good and also give a good protection to the wood. In the end you'll have to decide what to do!!!
    • SandyG SandyG on Jun 21, 2016
      Never thought of that route. Will look closer and see what wood grain looks like. Something to think about and if I want to put that much time/labor into it.
  • Nasim Uddin Nasim Uddin on Oct 26, 2020

    As you know cedar wood is very beautiful, so if you want to give it a natural looks then Just give it a proper sanding and after that use a good exterior stain to finish it. I hope it will helps.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 31, 2023

    Rub down and then use a Knotting compound before re staining or painting.