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Hello.
About 5 years ago someone painted our cedar cottage with varnish.
Bad idea, I know. And now we have a huge problem as it is obviously coming off and looks horrible.

The house is large, with very high vaulted rooves and lots of angles.

We tried sanding, by hand, one side of the place and leaving it to weather, but the next spring we noticed a lot of places that were missed (especially in the grooves). There is still spots of varnish.

We have looked into corn blasting, but this is very expensive and most probably out of our budget range.

We are wondering if there is a product (primer) that can be applied over the varnish (after being lightly scrapped and sanded) and then painted over the primer.

Is there a solid (gel) stain that would cover the varnish?

A big problem is that there are areas that are now raw wood (cedar) and other areas where the varnish is still sticking to the wood.

Thank you for any information!
 

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Tou should try to look at XIM Peel Bond as a primer if you are going to paint. Sherwin williams has it in stock. Its expensive but will save you so much time and energy.
 

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Memento, welcome to the forum. Sorry about your dilemna. I may be corrected by others, but I think you failed the finish moreso than the finish failed you. A clear/low pigment finish can't be allowed to go for five years without a treatment, every two years max. It would be a shame to see that painted, but at this point, unless you are willing to pay to have it stripped, stain is out of the question. You may want to contact a company that specializes in stripping decks, they may be able to help you. You could sand it and apply a new clear, if you're willing to commit to the maintenance schedule that would require. That looks like an incredible place, membership has its priveleges, but its price as well.
 

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I know a boat boat builder that re-varnish her boats every 6 months.
They usually strip it down to bare wood, then apply at least 5 coats.

Is there cracks in the varnish?
If yes than
The proper way to fix it is to strip it down. Painting on top hair line crack will have problems.
 
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