Can I paint over lead based varnish with a primer and paint without stripping the varnish?

  • Is the varnish peeling? – P.T. Curran Jul 19 '17 at 18:34
  • Is the varnish indeed lead based? Or "I was told" / "must be, it's old" etc.? Lead being desired for its potency and durability as a colorant, would be of limited value in varnish. All the sites I see that extol lead in varnish seem to be of the Chicken Little / handwringing / scare you into hiring them style. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jul 19 '17 at 22:42

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