The key to selecting the correct interior paint products for specific surfaces like trim, windows and doors is knowing what the correct product is on the surfaces. If the surface has been previously painted with an latex based product it’s safe to re-coat with another latex or alkyd (oil-based) product. It’s important to do the necessary preparation (scraping, patching, sanding, cleaning and caulking) before applying the new paint product.
Benjamin Moore provides many good latex based products for the painting of previously painted trim, windows and doors. This first link for their Ben line which is an average to good product at a reasonable price:
The following link is for Regal Select which is a good-to-great product at a higher price:
This final link for Aura is to the best interior paint product Benjamin Moore offers at an expensive price:
If the surfaces have been previously painted with an alkyd (oil-based) product it is very important to re-coat with another alkyd product or waterborne alkyd paint. If a latex based paint is applied over a surface that has been previously painted with an alkyd paint it will chip and flake off easily as the chemical makeup of the two different products does not allow proper adhesion even with the correct preparation listed above.
This link for the Fine Paints of Europe products was mentioned in the prior blog regarding cabinet, bathroom vanity and bookshelf painting. It’s an absolutely wonderful alkyd product with a very expensive price tag that is worth the cost:
This link is for Advance, which is a Benjamin Moore product that is a waterborne alkyd paint and can be applied directly to surfaces previously painted with an alkyd paint after the correct preparation. Benjamin Moore developed this product after the EPA regulations were passed April, 2010:
If you are making the decision to paint over any of the above mentioned surfaces that has been previously stained all of the above products can be used. It’s very important to apply an alkyd based primer to ensure the stain does not bleed through the painted surfaces. Here is a link to a very good primer for previously stained surfaces: