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Painting over old stained spindle bed

Paul_Reynolds's picture

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Recently I turned a new leg for a friends spindle bed. The headboard has been dinged up pretty bad and I suggested painting. It has an old stain on it now but he said they will sand that down. What would be a good brand/type of paint to use?Does it have to be sanded down all the way to bare wood? Hope someone can help...............

Jed_C.'s picture

(post #110191, reply #1 of 3)

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It does not have to be sanded to bare wood, but you need to clean it first with a wash coat of mineral spirits to remove any traces of wax or silicone. After the wash coat, lightly scuff sand it with 180 or 220-grit paper. Wipe or blow the dust off then wipe it again with a rag soaked with thinner. After that you can prime it with an oil-based primer/sealer and then apply the paint of your choice after the primer dries.

Paul_Reynolds's picture

(post #110191, reply #2 of 3)

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Thanks for your reply. But now I have another question. If he uses an oil based primer,does he then need to use an oil based paint?Also,do you have a favorite brand of paint that is easy to apply and looks good?One more,when I apply certain finishes I use a foam brush to keep the brush marks to a minimum. Can you use foam brushes w/paint or do you even need to??Thanks again.........

Jed_C.'s picture

(post #110191, reply #3 of 3)

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In answer to your three questions:

1)No, but I would because I prefer the way it goes on and sets up.

2)For furniture and trim--Benjamin Moore semi-gloss alkyd enamel. (But other brands are good too--Pittsburgh, Pratt&Lambert, Sherwin Williams, etc.)

3)Foam brushes work great with oil-based paints and finishes.