03:54AM | 09/05/04
Member Since: 09/04/04
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I am in the process of re-decorating my living room. It has extensive crown molding throughout with a natural wood stain. I would like to paint over it, as the wood is isn't high quality and not worth highlighting. In addition, the dark finish just makes the ceilings look lower.

However, I'm uncertain as to whether or not I need to strip off the stain, or just sand and prime before painting. If I paint over the stain (which is just slightly glossy), will it prevent the paint from sticking?

Any suggestions?


12:33PM | 09/06/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
If there is a gloss on the trim you can be sure that it has a finish over the stain and you will want to sand it to give the paint something to adhear to. After sanding wipe with a damp rag to remove sanding dust and then prime with an oil based primer and it does not have to be one of the quick dry primers unless you want or need to paint over it the same day that you prime it.

The finish paint should be an acrylic semi-gloss or gloss paint. The acylic will not yellow over time and will be easier to use and yes it will stick to the oil based primer. I did the woodowrk in my house this way 9 years ago and it still looks great.
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