Asked on May 31, 2017

Using varnish and now has a yellow tint- how to fix this?

by Beth
Made a bench, painted it white, used a varnish for protecting in the weather now I have a yellow tint. Any way to fix this?
  8 answers
  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on May 31, 2017
    Sand off the varnish and use a water based polyurethane next time . That's why it yellowed .

  • Margaret Ragsdale Mize Margaret Ragsdale Mize on May 31, 2017
    In my experience Varnish does leave a yellowish tint. I have always used clear polyurethane and don't get that yellowing effect. Short of sanding the varnish off and redoing the bench with polyurethane, you could just use a very good outdoor paint.

  • William William on May 31, 2017
    Agree! Varnish does have and gives a yellow tint. Varnish is generally used on raw wood furniture to bring out the grain and give a mellow color. Three coats of a water based poly will do the trick. Sanding won't remove all the varnish and will affect the paint. Stripping the paint, varnish, and starting from scratch is best. Lesson learned.

  • Beth Beth on Jun 01, 2017
    Thanks for all the help. Your right lesson learned .

  • Tim Stachecki Tim Stachecki on Jun 01, 2017
    consider sanding to an antique distressed finish, then spraying clear acrylic or poly on it. Sometimes that weathered look can look great as long as its done neatly.

  • Beth Beth on Jun 02, 2017
    Good idea thanks. Something new to consider.

  • Beth Beth on Jun 28, 2017
    Thanks for all the help and great ideas. I appreciate every one taking time to help me out.

  • Susie M Mamola Susie M Mamola on Jan 18, 2020

    This is water based poly! The paint is a cream color, I cannot understand it...