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Karen, I'm not a painting specialist, but from my experience you would be better off with a good coat of oil based primer. First, sand thoroughly, including the details, then wipe clean with a tack cloth or lint-free rag dampened with solvent.
Most stained doors were done with oil based coatings. That means you need an oil based primer first then you can use latex paint. Latex primer will not adhere to oil based coatings.
Dennis D. Gehman
Gehman Design Remodeling
355 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438-2417
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