I have some old trim from the 1920's. I have used stripper to remove the varish. I would like to paint it white. What should I do? How should I prime it? Oil based primer or laytex? What should I use for a final base coat? Should I sand the wood before priming it? Should I sand between coats of paint? How about steelwool? Should I use steelwool?
I would use an oil based primer on that old wood as you may get some bleed thru if you use latex primer. If the wood is not to rough now you can wait to sand it after you prime it as this will raise the grain some anyway(you should not have to sand anymore after this) and then finish with an acrylic latex semi-gloss such as Duron Plastic kote Semi-Gloss. To sand use a sanding sponge as they will get in the grooves better than regular sandpaper and last longer to. If you need to caulk any joints in the wood do this after you prime, Duron magnum xl is a good one, and if you can wait over night before paintinng over the caulk.