How do you paint over stained wood?

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  • Bobbie M Bobbie M on Jun 13, 2017
    If the stained wood has been varnished, then you're going to need to strip off the varnish. Clean with TSP. If the wood isn't varnished, it will still need a good cleaning. Apply Primer. Applying oil-based or shellac primer is a required step when painting over stained wood. Ready to paint.

  • Mir Graham Mir Graham on Jun 13, 2017
    Depends on the paint and what you are painting however for the most part:
    You need to do a light sanding if there is a top clear coat. Clean the surface. Use better quality brushes/ roller and paint away once the surface is dry from cleaning.

  • Connie Cesaretti Connie Cesaretti on Jun 13, 2017
    Sand off any varnish, shellac or coating and clean with alcohol using a lint free tack cloth. If stain is dark, you might want to use a primer first or paint that includes a primer in it.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Jun 13, 2017
    Sand off anything that is shiny. If it is shiny, that typically means it is covered in shellac, varnish, poly, etc. After the shiny finsh is removed, you should be okay to paint. For extra holding power, use a primer first.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 14, 2017
    Don't skip the sanding step - you'll have better long term results!

  • Andrew Bounader Andrew Bounader on Jun 14, 2017
    Hi Ann,
    All the answers above are correct, proper preparation will prevent a poor finish. Sand the surface, sealer / primer then at least 2 top coats, 3 is better and possibly a light sanding between coats to ensure you get a top quality finish.

    Good Luck.

    Andrew