Painting oak veneer

16 Jul 2017
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Hi all.

Just looking for some advice, please.

I have bought this door:

I need it to be white to match the room. Initially I thought it'd be easily done in the same way you paint any wood (sanding, primer, sanding, satinwood, sanding, satinwood). But now I think it may not be as straight forward as that.

Please can anyone offer any advice on the best way to paint this please? Do I need to prepare it before painting? And if so, how?

Many thanks!
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Just what I wanted to read...!

On the note that came with it, from the supplier, it said, "fully treat this door prior to hanging. Ensure it's correctly treated" etc.

So what do I need to do to treat it before painting it? (Or, and excuse me for my naivety here, is painting a form of treating?!).
Wipe it with white spirit, primer, undercoat, light sanding, first coat, light sanding, second coat.
My decorate swears by crown trade primer and undercoat which saves time.
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Thanks for this. Would've done all this for standard wood anyway, so that's good to know. But never known to wipe it with white spirit before, so that's good to know too. Thanks.
Many hands might have touched that wood, leaving micro particles of grease on it.

I also read this:

Which suggests that solvent paint (I guess Dulux satinwood for example?) could break down the glue in veneer doors? So what's a good water-based paint to use?

EDIT: I realise the the satinwood paint I have is actually water-based: so this would be fine...

Now just need to check the primer is too...

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