Asked on Oct 8, 2017

Can I paint directly on top of varnished wood, without sanding first?

Kor24924493Kauai BreezeLin22000611


5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 8, 2017

    no the paint will not adhere to the varnish
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Call Homedepot and ask for the paint department, they'll be able to tell you exactly what you need to do. If they tell you sanding, you can rent an electric one on 1/2 day intervals, and it's cheap.

  • Lin22000611
    on Oct 8, 2017

    No. Sanding it or using liquid sand to soften the paint is the only way. The paint will peal off in sheets after drying as it has nothing to hold on to.

  • Kauai Breeze
    on Oct 8, 2017

    No. The paint will likely peel or scrap off easily. Take the time any lightly sand the surface with a fine sand paper. You don't need to remove the varnish, just scuff it up with minuscule scratches from the sand paper to help the paint stick.
  • Kor24924493
    on Oct 8, 2017

    absolutely NOT. sand with 180 grit clean with alcohol then prime it first
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