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Old 04-25-2011, 04:41 PM  
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Default Staining or painting wood?

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?

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



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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.

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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?
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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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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.

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



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