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Question DetailsAsked on 6/9/2011

Painting Stained Woodwork

We are going to paint our stained woodwork and doors. We have talked to a couple of contractors and it seems that each has a different approach. One contractor wants to lightly sand to degloss the polyurethane and then prime and complete with 2 finish coats of latex paint. They would spray the door. Another contractor would not sand but would prime and use two coats of oil based finish and brush paint the doors. I am looking for a worry-free finish. I know there are those that would never paint stained wood but that is no longer an option for me. We remodeled our open kitchen and everything is an off-white paint. It looks fresh and lighter and I like it.

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Look at work examples of their work.

Depending on the complexity of the cabinets, spraying it may lay a bit flatter and give you a better finished look.

Sanding it down to scuff up the polyurethane coat is cheap insurance for the paint to get a better bite.

Answered 9 years ago by Windows on Washington

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