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Postby guildford » Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:11 pm

Hi - first time owner and first time forum user

we have a georgian cottage with a softwood entrance door which the previous owners have varnished, but wearing off.

I want to restore this door and paint it red; can anyone advise what I need to do, should I sand or strip the varnish off; and is it aluminumum primer I should use to prevent any left over varnish coming up as yellow?

Many thanks :roll:
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Postby thedoctor » Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:53 am

See our project on preparing woodwork for painting. Strip the varnish by going to our paint stripping project and then prime and coat as seen in the project
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Postby Oddbod » Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:20 pm

Hi, Just to add a bit ….. Generally speaking varnish is just paint without the colour – if you see what I mean. You’d be very unlucky if you didn’t get away with just sanding the existing varnish (to rough it up a little bit, not remove it), priming any bare wood, and then an undercoat and a couple of top-coats.
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