Painting Over Stain


I need to know if I can use semi-gloss Latex on the trim in our home, which is now 12 year old Minwax stained. I painted a sample has not peeled after 3 days now. Can I use Latex over Minwax stain or would it be safer going with enamel?

April 2, 20030 found this helpful

Probably the safest thing is to use a stain blocking primer before you use the latex. It may not show now but will work it's way through the paint as time goes on. Rather than cracking or peeling it just might work it's way up through the paint.

Hope this helps,


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July 24, 20040 found this helpful

Can I paint over stain or do I need to strip it first?

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October 16, 20050 found this helpful

Our two-unit condo has dark brown stain on the cedar siding. I propose restaining with the same color. The owner of the other unit would like the building painted with a much lighter color. I suspect it would take at least two coats. I also wonder if it's possible to obtain stain in lighter colors and if it can be successfully used to cover the darker stain.

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