Are varnished skirtings 'old hat' now?

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    I have rented out my old house for a few years, with the existing tenancy coming to an end soon
    The architraves and skirting boards were previously stained and varnished but maybe this is now a bit out of fashion All the walls were painted Magnolia.
    I think it would now be best to paint the wood white, but I am wondering how.
    I assume a light sanding is required, but will I need a fancy primer too (Zinsser Cover Stain) of would a normal undercoat and top coat be OK
    Finally, is gloss white the best option, or satin.
    Oh .. finally part two. . oil or water based paint ?
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    Most of these are "up to you" questions.

    I would say if the wood is hardwood, sand and re varnish with a non yellowing (water based) varnish. If softwood then yes paint. Orange pine is considered old fashioned.

    I would sand with 180 grit and then just use my normal primer undercoat and water based satin. Gloss is out of fashion.

    If you want a grip primer then consider Bullseye instead of BIN as it is water based so less smelly.
     
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