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Steph20

06:30AM | 03/15/07
Member Since: 01/25/07
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I am going to paint all of the trim in my house white. I was going to hire someone to do it, but now I'm thinking I could do it myself. The trim is currently the original wood and it has a varnish on it. From my understanding, I will need to sand it, prime it, and then paint it. Anyone have any helpful hints or suggestions for me? Anyone used liquid sander before?

5slb6

04:37PM | 03/15/07
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Yes I have heard of liquid sandpaper/ deglosser and they do work but have a short window of time as far as painting over them (as short as 15 minutes) and this can be a negative.

I would sand the trim to dull the existing finish and then wipe down with paint thinner to clean dirt and grime. You can prime with a pigmented shellac or an oil based undercoater (this is what I used 12 years ago on mine) which is a slow dry type of primer.I would not use a oil based stain killer type of product as they dry to hard and brittle for this application. The finish paint will be an acrylic/latex semi-gloss or gloss enamel and you will most likely need two coats to get full coverage over the primer.
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