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How to paint stained woodwork white

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 How to paint stained woodwork white.

In the late 80’s, early 90’s a lot of new build houses were built with stained staircases. As with many decorating trends, this has now gone out of fashion. So this is how to paint stained woodwork white. I would always recommend  removing carpets, but it can also be completed with careful masking. If done correctly, it will be chip resistant and will brighten up any hall stairs and landing.

The featured staircase  was sprayed using my HVLP sprayer. Using a HVLP sprayer gives a factory finish that cannot be achieved with a traditional brush finish. It is quicker and leaves very little overspray. On domestic properties I only use acrylic or water based paints. There several advantages, low odour, fast drying times and most important it stays whiter for longer.

Day 1

The staircase was prepared using a dust free sander. All knots in the wood were treated with a shellac primer. Minimal masking is done on the first day

I then applied a “grip primer”. Using a grip primer on varnished surfaces is vitally important, and a step often missed by DIYer’s. The grip primer bonds to the varnish and stops paint chipping off. I used Zinseers Cover stain.

All filling and caulking was completed. It is amazing how many gaps and holes you find on a stained timber staircase as soon as you put a coat of primer on!

Day 2

A gentle rub down with a Mirka Gold flex pad and tack ragged down.

Two coats of Crown Fastflow Undercoat sprayed on, any filling between coats. Once again lightly sanded between coats.

Day 3

Final day. Sprayed two coats of Crown Fastflow Gloss. Removed masking.

Painting a stained staircase dramatically changes a hall, stairs and landing. If done correctly it will last for  years.

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