When painting a old night stand or end table do I have to remove stain

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I want to help my sister with some old furniture to clean it up. Do I have to remove the old stain or just give it a light sanding. Before I paint. I want to use some interesting paint
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  • Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson on Sep 06, 2014
    I don't know the answer but would like to also. What kind of paint are you using? Latex, the new chalk paint? I think that makes a difference from what I have read before

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Sep 06, 2014
    A light sanding will work if it's wood. Just rough it up and paint will stick. Remember it takes 30 days to cure don't stick anything in top until then.

  • Sherrie is correct. A good cleaning first to remove any past wax or polish is suggested. If you fail to do this you risk sanding the waxy material into the wood. This makes it more difficult for any new paint finish to bite into the surface. This is why you see these little fish eyes in the paint. Once cleaned a good sanding followed by using a tack cloth to remove any dust, prime the table and follow by the paint your looking to use. Its a easy and fun project. Try to paint in the shade and put the piece in the sun to help speed up the drying process.

  • Shari Shari on Sep 07, 2014
    If the previous finish is in relatively good shape, you do not even have to sand. You can use a "liquid sandpaper" product, also known as "deglosser." You can find it any place that sells paint. Some people finding sanding therapeutic but I hate sanding, particularly pieces with a lot of detail, so I always use the liquid sandpaper on all my painted pieces. It's quick, easy and works great. I've painted in excess of 30 pieces of furniture for my previous and current homes, as well as for my daughter, and I've never had a problem using the liquid sandpaper in place of sanding. A good wipe down with it will clean the piece and leave some "tooth" for the paint to grip to. After the liquid sandpaper step, I use a couple thin coats of a good bonding primer. Unless you are using chalk paint or milk paint, don't skip the primer step. In addition to helping with paint adhesion, primer helps fill in any little nooks and crannies or surface imperfections and provides a nice smooth surface to paint on. After the primer has dried well, I use several light coats of latex interior paint (however many coats it takes to get good, even coverage). If you are using latex paint, as Sherrie said, it does take a while to fully cure, depending on weather conditions . Multiple, thin coats will dry faster/harder than one or two thick coats. You can use the furniture before it has cured; just be careful setting anything on table tops until you are sure the paint has sufficiently hardened.

  • Shari, I am not a big fan of the de-glosser. These products were developed as an addition to using sand paper. The reason was is to provide a method of getting into tiny groves and spaces that proved to difficult for the sand paper to get to. Not as an alternative to sanding. Although many have had success using this for that reason. Its not what is was designed to do.