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What preparation is needed to paint old oak baseboards and trim white?

What preparation is needed to paint old oak baseboards and trim white? Topic: Switch case smaller than inch
May 24, 2019 / By Genya
Question: We just moved in and we have beautiful hardwood oak floors, but the trim and baseboards are all clear-coated natural oak. The finish isn't very glossy, it's a light coating, semi-gloss, I would say. We really want to paint them white instead (I know, some say it's a sin!), but not sure if we need to sand and prime them first or if we should just try painting them with a latex white paint. Also, since they are already installed, would it be easier to mask the wall and remove the quarteround to speed things up? We're going to paint the walls too, but I think we're supposed to do the trim first in this case....any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Delilah Delilah | 6 days ago
Preparation is everything in this situation. Wash and rinse the baseboards down very well. I use TSP. You will not need to sand if you use a high quality super adherent primer that will allow you to use either oil or latex based paint. I personally like Bin. It is fast drying, covers knotholes, has excellent adhering qualities and you can paint over it with latex or oil-based paint. If you can't find it, than go with a light sanding before adding your primer. Primer is especially important if you plan on using latex paint as the current coating on the baseboards is probably oil-based. Some people say that the newer paints stand alone and no longer need primers when switching from oil to latex, but I have been doing home renovations and painting for years and do not agree. Besides if you use a higher quality primer, you can go with a cheaper paint and since you're going with white, you will only need to go with one coat of each. The few extra steps ensure a quality job that will not have to be repeated or result in peeling paint shortly after. Paint the trim first if you are planning on painting the walls. Apply the trim paint up to about an inch on the walls. Make sure to dry brush the area on the walls so you are not left with a defined paint mark. (To avoid unsightly drips it is best to use small amounts of paint more often than trying to go faster by oversaturating your brush). It will make painting the walls easier as any mistakes will not be as noticeable and if you are careful you will not need to wait at least a week before you can apply painter's tape as you will be able to go free hand if you are confident and go slowly. Hope this helps.
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Buffy Buffy
Not the quickest but the best way would be to remove the trim and use paint stripper to help remove the old paint and inspect for damage behind the baseboards as well as the baseboard themselves. You might find termite damage, or even loose studs to repair that could be a problem in a year more or less, you wouldn't have found other wise. You can then prime and then them or varnish them if the wood is still pretty. You might want to run more safer wiring too, that old stuff, is a fire waiting to happen, it can be done a room at a time. Also replace any old iron plumbing.
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Allie Allie
I would not mask the wall if I were going to paint it after the baseboards. Taking off the quarter round might be risky since it is old and may break and split. but you do need to sand the baseboards very well so that the paint does not chip off. I would then prime them. Check to see if there can be lead in any finish you are sanding off, expecially if you have kids or pets. Sand really well so the paint doesn't chip. Then you will have a mess. Are you sure you want to paint instead of refinishing the oak? You are asking for a lot of work and you will be stuck with paint once you have done it. Good luck.
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if you paint that oak, you'll go to painter's hell. but if you must: sand thoroughly with 220g sandpaper, and prime with white alkyd primer (oil), caulk to walls and adjoining surfaces (including wood and inside and outside corners) sand again with 220g and use a tack cloth to remove dust, paint with two coats of (oil) paint colour of choice.
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