Finding skirting boards paint

13 Dec 2010
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I want to paint my living room skirting boards/Stair rail with satin walnut varnish. It looks bare wood to me but it has little bit gloss if i look very close to it. So I'm not sure if its wood stain or clear varnish, how can i find this? If its a varnish could you recommend any decent sander up to £50 so that i can sand the existing varnish? or if its wood stain can i paint varnish on top of it?

I'm also gonna paint my wallpaper with matt finish magnolia, do i've to sand the wallpaper? it's already painted with light yellow colour.

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Don't sand the wallpaper, but fill any holes and stick any loose edges down first.

You should be able to tell if the wood has been varnished, it will be glossy/smooth/shiny.

Why get a sander, if you want to add varnish a good rub down with sand paper should do the trick.

If it's unvarnished stained wood you should be able to varnish straight over, but a light sanding may help to remove any nibs.
Thanks for that i thought you've to take all the varnish/stain out to varnish again and its gonna be lot of work thats why i was going for sander.

I'll try do light rub with some fine sand paper before painting.
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You can rub down old varnish, and it looks terrible. Then a coat of varnish makes it look good again.

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