Painting dry wood... over oil?
I have stripped a few wood things... a lamp, some mouldings, some furniture... and one outcome is that the wood becomes incredibly dry. If my desired end result is a wood finish, I usually go with oil (often just sewing machine oil as once recommended by someone).
But if I want to paint the thing, I have two concerns about painting over such dry wood. One is that the wood might split eventually, and the other is that the wood might soak up the colour more aggressively, making future stripping more difficult (in case I change my mind or a future owner prefers a wood finish).
How should I treat super dry wood prior to painting to ensure the best for the wood and for future ease of paint removal?
Also, I guess it is an associated question to ask about staining, whether a gel stain conditions the wood at all, or is it just a superficial finish?