can you paint clear varnish over?

24 Feb 2008
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HI, can you paint a clear varnish over wood that has been painted with matt paint? just need to give it a slight sheen any advice please??? :rolleyes:
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Yes you can,a lot of people do this using a polurethane varnish as an extra protection against wear and tear on the emulsion paint.
Give it a 2-3 of coats to get the sheen you want.
In my opinion, polyurethane is too yellow and yellows even more with age. Use an acrylic matt/ satin.
Hi, Thanks for your replys, but where do i buy this and what brand is it please? :?: it wont blister the matt paint will it? been told this? is it expensive? thanks :D
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you can buy both the poly and the acrylic at Brewers or the DDC's dont know if the sheds do them. My choice would be the Decorators Varnish, comes in a blue bottle and is an acrylic in a matt or satin finish for the ease of application and for the reason Joe gave. It wont harm your matt, its what it was made for:cool:
The other stuff you can use is protective glaze...the stuff they put over spray finishes like portaflek etc...

The can buy that in Jonstones and I think its a bit cheaper.
Hi Thanks for you reply! :D can you buy this in wickes or

not the faintest idea dont go in there just the ones I mentioned plus johnstons/leyland that Zampa mentioned and Crown decorating centers, sorry cant be of more help, I just dont use the sheds.
Thats true Vern...might be a bit too much for a bit of woodwork...acrylic varnish it is then?

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