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Painting a stained and polished door white?

.The doors in my home are stained a dark brown color and are covered in one coat of polish. I want to paint these doors white to bring some brighter color into the house. What should I do? I composed two ideas on how to paint these doors, but im not sure about it. 1) use an automatic pad hand sander to sand the doors then 2 coats of stain blocker/primer, then 1 coat of white paint. 2) skip the sanding and go straight to the stain blocker/ primer then paint. Any ideas?


  1. i would use a good dewaxer/polish remover first.then do a #1.
  2. use the sander then two coats of primer and then white paint
  3. The first step is to THOROUGHLY clean them. You can purchase products in the hardware store for this purpose.... just ask for a paint prep cleaner. If the surface is still glossy after cleaning, you will need to take off the shine... in order to have the paint adhere. There are also products that can be purchased to do this job... or you can sand. Sanding can be tricky if there is any kind of panel or trim to deal with. Once the shine is gone, you can start with your primer and paint. Making sure the surface is properly prepped will make the work you do painting worth while. Good luck.
  4. Your second option should work well! I'm a painter!
  5. 1st choice is the best. If you don't sand off some of the polyurethane (clear coat), the paint will most likely chip away easily over time. They also sell a few liquids that you paint or rub on with rags, that basically strips and preps those doors for painting. One is called "No Sand" - I've used this in the past.
  6. don,t skip the sanding no matter what. it makes all the difference. after sanding remove clinging dust, make any repairs w/filler, light coat of kiltz, another if needed, then apply either an enamel or alkyed base coating. i prefer alkyed for hiding brush strokes.
  7. You say it is polished. Do you mean it has a coat of gloss varnish? I would suggest either sanding or using a deglosser such as Liquid Sandpaper. Then a primer recommended for the paint you are going to use. Then paint. If these are all interior doors, I would use an oil based paint since I believe it holds up better to the kind of treatment doors can get. I know it can smell bad for a few days and it is harder to clean up afterwards.