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    • Hi Becky! Thanks for posting a note. You asked a really good question. The answer depends on a number of factors.

      Since you have sent in some photos, I have a pretty good picture of how you want it to look and what you will be using it for.

      You are right that the old secretary’s desk is in almost mint condition. When I enlarge the photos, I can see a few rough spots on the edges. You can probably get away with just using a piece of fine sandpaper and going over the edges to make sure there are no little splinters sticking up.

      That said, you still have to find a way to make the finish stick to it. Your finish is some sort of semi-gloss stain. In order to paint it the light retro green color you sent me, you will need to primer the surface of the desk with a primer made to stick to all surfaces, if you sand it you can use a regular primer. You can buy all surface primer in either spray cans, or brush-on styles.

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