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HomeRepairMike 04-25-2011 04:41 PM

Staining or painting wood?
 
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What is involved with making the front door and the light colored stair banister look like the dark colored banister? Is this difficult to do?

Thanks!

nealtw 05-03-2011 04:43 PM

I think you have to sand it down to wood and start over.

joecaption 05-04-2011 09:06 AM

It would be far easyer to just change the door to a lighter color.
All that carpet would have to come out and all that wood would have to be sanded down to bare wood so the stain would have a place to soak into.
Even if you painted it all the sealer would have to come off or the paint will not stick.

HomeRepairMike 05-05-2011 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 56681)
It would be far easyer to just change the door to a lighter color.
All that carpet would have to come out and all that wood would have to be sanded down to bare wood so the stain would have a place to soak into.
Even if you painted it all the sealer would have to come off or the paint will not stick.


I'm not sure I understand what you mean. When you say it would be easier to change the door to a lighter color. what way would this be done?

eCabinetStore 05-09-2011 02:50 PM

You can go from light to dark. Try a staining coat and another and another until close possible match the clear coat, try first a small out of viw area to test.

HomeRepairMike 06-14-2011 09:44 AM

For a beginner like me, how difficult would it be to sand down the door or the banister with the help of someone else and to stain it? Is this a big job?

Thanks.

DIYHomeDesign 06-14-2011 01:04 PM

It might not be too difficult if you have the right equipment and time. Just make sure you're wearing a ventilation mask--the dust from varnish can be pretty nasty.

HomeRepairMike 06-15-2011 08:56 AM

What is the "right equipment ?" What would I need?

Thanks.

janellelk 06-20-2011 12:22 PM

My SO and I did this on a smaller scale and it was a lot of work! We sanded it down by hand with a fine grain and man, I had no idea how much work and elbow grease it would take.

Luckily, everything went well and we were your DIY amateurs. :) We had to put on two stains and another one wouldn't have hurt although I was afraid it was going to turn gummy.

Anyhow, hope this helped a little bit. I just followed my SOs lead and worked really hard.

handybilly 09-20-2011 12:53 AM

Go ahead and sand it down or you'll just be doing it with ANOTHER layer on, good luck


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