I painted some antique chairs white and they turned pink even through

Cynthia Freeman
by Cynthia Freeman
i sanded and primed with Zinsser Primer before painting. I believe the wood is from the depression. It is very soft. It turns pink even with gray paint. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on May 06, 2018

    Your chairs may need to be totally stripped of all paint, sanded and primed before painting.

  • Deb K Deb K on May 06, 2018

    Hi, the old varnish/finish on the chairs is bleeding through, you may want to put an extra coat of primer, but sand the fnis(shiny stuff) off the old color first.

  • Sharon Sharon on May 06, 2018

    Was the original chair stained? did you use a stripper that said it removed stain on the front of the can? I would get some Zinseer B-I-N primer and then what kind of paint are you using..... I would do satin finish or semi-gloss. They look like then need a sanding too before priming. I can still see some finish on it, on older pieces I usually use steel wool to strip out that stain 000-0000.

  • William William on May 06, 2018

    Probably tannins in the old wood are bleeding through or an old finish from days gone by. Best solution is to use straight shellac as a primer. Sand down the painted part smooth. No need to remove all the paint.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on May 06, 2018

    Mahogany is tough. Particularly older mahogany. We had a door that “bled” for years. But there are better sealers now.

    Its not you. The classic “don’t make them like they used to” applies to sturdy stuff.


    Persist.