painting over varnish ?

Discussion in 'Painters' Talk' started by boris the blade, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. boris the blade

    boris the blade New Member

    Can i paint over varnish? ive got some shelves that are varnished at the moment, but i would like to paint them, whats the right paint to use, if it can be done ? any help appreciated!
  2. Dewy

    Dewy New Member

    I don't profess to being an expert on this but can only draw from my our experience.
    I had a varnished stool that I wanted to paint.
    The paint contains solvents & varnish is disolved in solvent so all the time I was painting the varnish mixed with the paint adding a dark brown colour. I had to wait for one coat to dry before trying again. Every coat pulled up some varnish & it only stopped on the 4th coat.
    Next time I will remove all traces of varnish before painting.
    Of course, you could always use a water based paint (acrylic) which shouldn't mix with the varnish.
  3. boris the blade

    boris the blade New Member

    thanks for the advice, but ive decided to replace the shelves with new wood, much more simple! :)

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