Painting over old stained wood

I would love to paint the wood in my home but afraid every little touch will leave scratches. Is this possible? It has been stained for 28 years. The polyurethane coat on it was a very light coat which has mostly been wiped away from years of cleaning I assume . Thanks

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  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jan 15, 2018
    Go to your local Homedepot and ask in the paint department for some help. I think it needs to be stripped.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 15, 2018
    Remove any remaining stain and top coat with Citristrip a safe non-toxic remover,lightly sand,clean,prime and paint

  • Marilla Waltrip Monroe Marilla Waltrip Monroe on Jan 15, 2018
    Sand, prime, paint.

  • Leona Leona on Jan 15, 2018
    Ok Thanks. Headed there some as weather eases up.

  • Gracie Gracie on Jan 15, 2018
    You can paint over stain as long as you get rid of the shine - either sand or use a deglosser.

    • Leona Leona on Jan 15, 2018
      That's what I was thinking but I was hoping it would be as simple as painting coats of primer then the paint. I have many health problems that has kept me from doing upkeep like I want, I guess I'm looking for an easy way out now. Thanks