09:22AM | 11/10/02
Member Since: 11/09/02
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I recently moved into a fairly new house with plain pine colonial woodwork that was stained and coated, I think, with a standard polyurethane (what is standard?! for woodwork these days). We are jazzing up the woodwork with some new crowns that we have made from MDF and mouldings. We are cutting off the tops of the existing woodwork, and replacing them with these crowns. Tjey look terrific!

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.


12:29AM | 11/11/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
When painting over stained woodwork it usually takes at least three coats to get it covered well. That goes for raw wood as well.
On stained woodwork you need to sand the finish that is there and wipe it down with paint thinner and then apply an oil based undercoater and I prefer the slow drying types as they lay down better and are not as brittle, but if lack of time is a problem you can go with one of the fast drying types. Then you can go with the finish of you choice.
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