We’re wanting to paint all the trims in our old 80’s house but it looks like the trims have all been stained brown
or painted years ago. Do we need to sand them first or is there a paint that we can use?
Hi @Sascha - given the age of the house, the trim is most likely an oil based stain/varnish. You have a couple of choices:
1. Light sand and then paint with an oil base gloss or semi gloss enamel paint (Turps clean up plus longer drying time) or,
2. Light sand and then use a water base primer designed to stick to oil base products. Examples: Dulux 1 Step, White Knight Griplock Primer (very good), British Prep 4 in 1, Rustoleum Smart Prime. Then paint using a water base enamel (water clean up plus quicker drying time).
Theoretically Dulux Aquanamel will stick to an oil base finish, but you need to use 3 coats (the first is a priming coat), given the cost, It’s no cheaper than buying a suitable primer and another brand of water base enamel, nor do you save any labour - so it’s down to personal choice, cheers Deb
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