How To Paint Over Varnished Timber – D.I.Y. At Bunnings


Everyone seems to have that trusty piece of
timber furniture that just needs a bit of love. It’s always looking tired and worn out. So, why not paint it? Sadly, a lot of people are put off by this
because of varnish, but don’t worry, you can paint over varnish, and I’m going to show
you how. This is all the gear we need right here. We have a paint and paint brushes, a roller
and roller tray, all of our cleaning gear, sandpaper, filler and scraper. And then our varnish timber surface. We’ve chosen an outdated timber table, and
we’re going to give it some new life. Our first step in this process is to give
the timber a really good clean. We’re going to use a standard household cleaner. It’s important to give your timber a good
clean to get rid of anything that might stop your paint from sticking. Some of it might be stuck, so make sure you
get a good scour to get it off. Always follow the instructions on your cleaning
products. Once the surface is clean and dry, we need
to fill up any cracks and imperfections. Make sure you use a putty that’s going to
dry nice and hard, depending on what surface you’re painting. With any product you’re using, always read
the instructions. When applying filler, use a flexible scraper
that’s wider than the area you’re filling. This means you’re going to get even pressure
over the crack or divot. Once you’ve filled your surface, you need
to wait for it all to dry before sanding. Use a fine grit sandpaper to take everything
back to an even surface. There are two good reasons to sand your surface. One is it helps to clean it. The other is that it helps etch the surface,
meaning that your paint will stick easier. Once we’ve finished sanding the surface, we
need to give it a thorough wipe-down so that the paint will stick. Once your surface is clean of dust and debris,
we’re ready to put on our undercoat. Make sure you give all your paint a really
good stir before using it. Because I’m in a well-ventilated area, I don’t
need to wear a mask. But, make sure you read the instructions to
keep yourself safe. Apply your primer with a roller. The primer helps your top coat stick, and
also seals off the under surface. A good tip when painting any surface is to
lay the paint off before it tacks. This is basically just rolling over the whole
surface very lightly with barely any paint on your roller. This will help us get a finer finish. The timber I’m painting is quite blond, so
I only need to put one coat of primer, If you’re going over a dark stain, you may need
two. Once your primer is dry, you can apply your
top coat. You need two to three coats. We’ve chosen to use a water-based enamel,
which will dry quickly, but also dry hard. It also has a slight sheen level, which means
you can wipe the surface. For broad surfaces, a roller is a great choice
when using acro-enamel because acro-enamel dries very quickly, and we don’t want to overwork
the paint. For your trickier surfaces, use a brush. Make sure your paint is 100% dry between coats. This will need another two to three coats. You paint yours as many times as you need. And that’s how you paint varnished timber.

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