Painting lacquered oak?


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Old 10-06-19, 10:04 AM
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Painting lacquered oak?

We have oak railings on our staircase. My wife wants to paint the spindles white.
I presume it is lacquered, but don't really know.

Does it have to be primed first, or just painted?
 
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Old 10-06-19, 10:10 AM
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Yes, you need to use a primer. If the staircase was site finished it's probably poly but at any rate the same method is used to paint them; sand lightly and apply 1 coat of a solvent based primer. You'll then need to 2 coats of your choice of latex enamel.
 
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Old 10-06-19, 11:44 AM
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Sanding is going to be tough with all the contours. How essential is it?

It is assembled, so I presume it is factory finished.
 
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Old 10-07-19, 02:29 AM
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It doesn't need to be a heavy duty sanding, just enough to scuff up the finish a little to promote good adhesion. Those sanding sponges work well on contoured surfaces.
 
 

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