06:38AM | 02/04/05
Member Since: 02/03/05
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I am preparing to paint a knotty pine stairwell. I've already cleaned the walls with a heavy duty cleaner, which has removed some of the shelaque (sp?). I'm looking for recommendations on what to use as a primer and any other do's and don'ts for this project.

Any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


02:03AM | 02/05/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
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The cleaner may have removed wax and general durt build up but I doubt it was the shellac. I would wash it again with ammonia and water to be sure it is clean and that there is not any residue from the cleaner first used.

The primer to use will be Zinsser BIN pigmented shellac as this will hold back the knots that are in this type of wood and it sticks great and gives you a good base to apply your finish paint. Then you will want to apply two coats of the latex finish paint in the sheen of your choice. I am saying to apply two coats of finish paint as this paneling gets so dark it requires two coats to get good coverage and to look good over time.

Enjoy the new look in your room.


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