Painting over Polyurethane

helencolbyFebruary 28, 2010

All the doors and baseboards and trim in this house are all done in Minwax Jacobeanstain with Minwax polyurethane over them However, the doors feel kind of rough and as if only one coat of poly was used. I would love to have white doors and trim. Can this be done and what do you suggest. My husband says it cannot be done and that we would have to replace all of it that is stained and polyed.

What say you??


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Of course it can be done, but it will never be as durable as if you started with new wood. You will want to sand to dull the sheen of the poly which would give the primer a better chance at sticking well. I would suggest BIN as a primer followed by two topcoats of a 100 percent acrylic paint in satin or better sheen.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2010 at 6:37PM
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OK, here's a question from someone who HATES the mess of sanding...could a deglosser be applied to the trim, then follow up w/BIN primer and good quality paint? I've seen some people recommend the deglosser to prep cabinets (on TV) for painting. Would it make that much difference in the end?

Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 9:51AM
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Polyurethane varnish laughs at your de-glossing chemical.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 12:12PM
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