Painting Over Varnish

I am wanting to paint over a banister around the stairs with a cream gloss. It is varnished brown at the moment. Is that possible without sanding?



Painting Over Varnish

We used TSP mixed in water and applied with rubber gloves and a rag. Rinse it off too before using primer or paint. (12/25/2008)


By Myrna

Painting Over Varnish

In my experience, paint can't (and won't) adhere to the banister if the varnish is not "roughed up." (12/28/2008)

By jeannie

Painting Over Varnish

I painted all my dark, varnished interior doors (18 of them. I have a 2 bedroom condo), including the interior side of each of the exterior doors. One of the best things I ever did. It sure brightened up my condo. I lightly sanded with an electric sander, then applied 1-2-3 Primer, followed by 2 (maybe 3, can't remember) coats of semi-gloss paint. They have held up very well over 10 years' time. Just a few nicks on a couple of them, which I can easily cover up with paint. Go for it! (01/06/2009)

By Marilyn Vandekieft

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