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Forum topic by es2000 posted 11-15-2014 11:12 AM 945 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2014 11:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stain primer paint

I would like to make my own version of a board game called Fast Track, which looks something like this

Basically it’s a stained wood board with some painted parts and a nice shiny clear coat on the top.

I’ve never really done anything like this before and I’m having trouble figuring out the exact products I need to make it happen. My understanding is that you can’t paint directly on top of an an oil based stain like Minwax and that I would need to put an oil based primer on top of the stain before I can paint it. The problem is that since only part of the board is painted, I need for the primer to be clear so the stain still shows through on the non-painted parts.

I’m having trouble finding clear oil based primers which leads me to believe maybe I’m approaching this the wrong way. Can I paint right on top of the stained wood with a special kind of paint?

What’s the best way to do this? Since I’m a total newb, the more specific you can be the better. Names of products would be great. I’ve done quite a bit of searching an asked the folks at the one hardware store but I’m not getting very far.


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#1 posted 11-17-2014 06:17 PM

Stain, apply film finish of your choice (varnish/poly/lacquer/shellac), then paint.

Also, your link is broken.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 07:18 PM

The problem you present will occur if you use an oil based stain and try to paint w/ latex type paint (water based). To avoid that trap use either a water base stain and water base paint or vice versa use oil base stain and oil base paint.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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