To save time, we are using the the existing side and bottom mouldings of the windows and the sides of the door mouldings. Everything is to be painted white. I can not find a good technique for painting this woodwork. I've tried a deglosser with a scrunge pad, then primer, then latex semi-glass (Sherwin Williams classic) and it still takes 4 or 5 coats and doesn't ever cover. The result is a thick gummy finish that looks awful.
I've tried starting out with plain paint thinner, skipping the primer (which seemed to be too thick), but I still need lots of coats of paint. There's nothing worse than looking at a thick, gummy paint job.
I've tried a Benjamin Moore oil-based interior paint, but that didn't cover either.
At this point, I've sanded the woodwork I've painted and I'm about to add a another coat of white latex Sherwin William semi-gloss, which may or may not cover. We're considering removing all the woodwork and replacing it with pre-primed moulding and painted to save ourselves the trouble of painting over the stained wood.
Any expert advice on products or techniques would be greatly appreciated!!!! We would like a nice, thin layer of paint that covers well.