Many years ago when I put an addition on my house I simply used stain on
the moldings around windows and doors (interior). I did not use anything
in addition to the stain, which I believe was MinWax. Now I have decided
I no longer like the look of the stained moldings and want to either
replace them or paint them. I have two questions:
1) Is it best to use each existing molding as a template for it's
replacement, or measure and cut anew the new molding?
2) If I decide not to replace the moldings, but rather paint them, hoiw
do I prepare the moldings foir painting? What kind of paint would be the
best to use, e.g. oil-based, latex, acrylic?
I'd remove the molding before painting and clean it with a TSP solution.
Then paint it. Since it's stained, there would be very little difference in
adhesion between latex and oil paints, but to be sure - - and do a better
job. I'd prime it first.
After sanding, it wouldn't hurt to degloss the moldings with liquid
sandpaper to remove all the years of grease and /or grime and then prime
with kilz (solvent based). The Kilz will stick to anything and anything will
stick to it. I've used this technique several times and the paint sticks to
The easy way is to *Spackle* any open seams, dings, etc. Do a light
sanding on everything, prime with Kilz or equivalent, and paint with
whatever. You don't have to remove the moldings; usually that will
cause more damage than it's worth. If you don't have a steady hand with
a paint brush (like me) and have a tidy streak, mask off the areas that
you don't want painted. Have fun.
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