Apr
17

The Dos and Don’ts of Painting Varnished Furniture

“To begin with, you need to determine what type of furniture you are painting. It is often recommend that you sand any surface thoroughly prior to painting it. Painting over varnish without sanding is not a best practice but it can be done. Painting furniture can be time consuming and hard work, it is well worth it when you see the outcome and know that you have created a custom piece of furniture for your home. This guide contains the following solutions.”

DON’T attempt to paint over varnish

The clear protective coating that shields furniture from scratches and scuffs is so slick that it almost repels paint. A telltale sign you’ve painted over varnish: The paint bubbles and peels.

DO try to remove the varnish…

With sandpaper first. Start with coarse 150-grit sandpaper, followed by a finer 220-grit sandpaper. For varnish that refuses to budge or lingers in crevices, apply a paint-and-varnish stripper like Citristrip, then sand with a fine-grit paper…

 

Read more: https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/the-dos-and-don-ts-of-painting-varnished-furniture

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