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pickle13207 12-10-2007 02:58 PM

Painting over varnish??
I bought a white toybox for my daughter whish I am trying to paint over with a bespoke design. Is there any paint I can use that paints over varnish, I have tried acrylic but it just doesn't look very nice. I was thinking of maybe poster paint ? Or can anyone recommend any type of paint that I can use please?

I have a lovely winnie the pooh design that I have drawn onto the toybox and I just ned to find some kind of paint that will go over the varnish, I don't really want to have to strip it all and start all over again

Any help would be appreciated thank you


slickshift 12-10-2007 06:55 PM

To paint over varnish, you'll need to prime first
The best primer for over varnish, is a pigmented shellac
I can suggest Zinsser's BIN, as I've used it successfully for years

pickle13207 12-11-2007 12:15 PM

Thank you, I've already drawn the picture over the box and was hoping acrylic paint would work however it doesn't look very good. I'm trying to avoid sanding it down and redrawing it again as the drawing looks really good. It there any paint that can be used over varnish?


sirwired 12-11-2007 01:50 PM

As slick said, you cannot put paint directly on top of varnish. There is no way around this. Scuff-sand (no need to remove the varnish, just rough it up), damp-sponge off the sanding dust, prime with shellac-based primer, paint with the quality paint of your choice.

If the paint you already have is peeling, you will need to scrape and/or sand and/or strip it off first. Unfortunately, there is no way around that either.


slickshift 12-11-2007 08:50 PM

If it's truly varnish, I know of no way that acrylics will stick
(stick for's possible some might stick, but that would be luck)

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