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Painting over varnish

Postby Crikey » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:41 pm

I have a whole lovely wall of 70s style varnshed wood, sauna style.

I am reluctant to pull it down as I have no idea what is lurking underneath but quite fancy painting it.

As it's varnished what's the best way to prepare the surface? Do I need to strip all the varnish off or is there an easier way in this day and age of paints for every conceivable job?

Any tips would be gratefully appreciated. :D
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Postby rosebery » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:08 pm

You will need to give it a really good and thorough sanding down and wash well with sugar soap and/or white spirit.

Then apply a coat of Dulux Ultra Grip Primer. Thi is a two part water based primer. You MUST prime BTW as paint doesn't adhere varnished surfaces very well. You could also use melamine primer.

Then decorate with a couple of coats of undercoat and gloss or satin wood.


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Postby Crikey » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:42 am


Thanks for your help.

It's going to be a hard graft but thanks for all the tips. You're a star.

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