Refinishing Pine Wainscotting

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Topic by AspiringWoody posted 05-02-2019 01:33 PM 154 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2019 01:33 PM

I just found this forum – hopefully its still active. It seems likes lots of questions are old and all the most recent responses are all by bots. Anyway here goes…

A new (old) house we purchased has pine wainscotting in the kitchen. It was finished in some unknown clear coat that has yellowed and darkened slightly over time. My first choice is to keep it since I really like the look of it, but not the colour and finish. Ideally, I’d like to refinish it with a semi-transparent white wash finish of some sort to keep the knotty pine look while brightening it up.

Does anyone have suggestions for how to proceed simply without stripping down to bare wood? I was wondering if I could just sand it with 220 grit, wipe it down and then go directly over it with a thinned down good-quality latex paint? My concern is that if the clear coat is oil then my latex paint will flake eventually and be a disaster. From what I know the wainscotting was put in about 20 years ago, so it could be finished in either oil or water based finish.

Is there a way to tell if the finish is oil versus water? If it is oil based, what then? If water based will my plan work?


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