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paint or stain over varnished surface

What could be considered, stain or paint, to put on top of a varnished surface? I'm not sure if simply painting over varnish would keep the paint well, I don't want it peeled off. Basically I have a ...
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How to restore damaged Velux window frame? (pictures)

I'm trying to restore a velux window frame that has become moldy and partially rotten. The window is 15 years old and has never had any attention. The sealant on the outside where the glass meets the ...
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Varnishing at low temperatures

I need to varnish (I have an oil-based polyurethane) some piece of furniture. I can't do this in my house, but I could do it in garage, however I worry about the temperature, obviously the garage is ...
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What is better for plywood - varnish or paint

I have an old cheap tea table, which I'd like to fix a bit and re-paint or re-varnish. The top of it is a plywood, its surface has scratches and stains, the table is stained black, but I'm not sure if ...
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Applying Wood Conditioner to Pine - How much should I use?

I have a pine window sill that was beat up over 40 years. I sanded it (down to 60 grit with sandpaper frequently clogging), applied wood preconditioner, and tonight I applied the stain (oil based). ...
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Does varnishing floors create a fire hazard?

I am considering buying a house with new wooden floors. I am not sure yet what type of varnish/sealent is in use. I am concerned that the fire escape route is wooden, and I do not want to increase the ...
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Durable top coat for MDF worktop / workbench

I need to build a desk / worktop / workbench for my retro computer projects. It will be used daily, so I want to have extreme durability to protect against wears, scuffs and scratches as much as ...
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Which varnish to choose for a first time job (desk)?

I am building desks for my children: a wooden slab on a standing desk frame. The wooden slab is 160 x 80 x 2 cm and is made of smaller pieces of oak (probably) glued together. They form a nice flat ...
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Refinishing table, Water-Based Polyurethane Dries Fast and Leaves Blush after Sand. What to do?

Here are the facts: Pine table I applied a wood conditioner at the beginning. I stained in the garage with the garage door open. Super high humidity now. The water-based polyurethane dries super ...
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Tiny star like dots appearing in the varnish

I am trying to high gloss varnih the Oak bed to my old Chevy truck, I removed the bed from the truck sanded it back to wood, the bed is only 4 years old, starting with 80 grit then 120 the 240 and ...
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How to correctly varnish/lacquer all sides of a countertop?

I am about to apply a varnish/lacquer[1] to a fairly non-small countertop (200x50cm). Because it'll be in the bathroom I want to apply it on all sides. I also want to minimize the amount of times I ...
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Should I use a wood stain before varnishing my indoor floor?

I had been talking to a carpenter friend and for whatever reason, I had come away thinking the best way to varnish the floor was to first stain it and then paint clear varnish over it. The ...
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Over sanded between coats of varnish

I’ve finally stained and applied a first coat of varnish (oil based poly in satin finish) to a dining table. I went to sand it lightly once dried as per instructions - I think I used a way too rough ...
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Can I sand and re-varnish a flawed area on my staircase?

I have a new staircase that's gone in, and I've happily stained and varnished it. Now I have a problem. It appears that on the handrail that was varnished, some of the adhesive from tape that was ...
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How to effectively and efficiently remove varnish from wood

I have been restoring an old staircase. I started sanding it with fine sandpaper and then tried rougher paper. It seems that the varnish layer on the wood is melting when sanding over it and sticking ...
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How to fix scuffs and scratches on wood door?

When passing a sofa through door I saw a few scratches after and even some irregularities. I know there are some pastes I can use to fix the irregularities and on the past I used some kind of varnish ...
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Respirator for spray varnish on oil paints!

I am a beginner artist, and I have just painted an artwork using Winsor & Newton water Mixable oil color paintings with a brush. Yet I didn’t wear a respirator since I didn’t know about it. ...
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Is it okay to not varnish wooden furniture before use?

I recently bought a bedframe, but due to budget constraints, I didn't choose the varnished option, just 'unstained raw timber' - which is smooth, but not varnished or stained, as described. I'm just ...
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Fixing chipped table corner

While assembling a recently bought table, the top board fell down onto the floor due to my clumsiness. The result of which was a chipped corner, breaking the white varnishing and exposing what looks ...
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Wood finish to handle high temperatures (not turn cloudy)

I'm building a mobile bench top for my home brewing system. The system will be all electric powered by heating elements actually in the kettles (think hot water heating elements). When this type of ...
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If apiece of wood furniture is varnished, can i just paint right over it?

If apiece of wood furniture is varnished, can i just paint right over it or any special advice?
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Sanding and revarnishing areas of different shades (wood floors)

I have been sanding my wooden floor with the intent of revarnishing. However, before I did this I moved a few 1kitchen counters and such around. So now the areas which had counters on top for the ...
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How to make my cheap but well sanded wood look glossy

I built a few wooden thing with cheap pine and plywood. They are working very fine. I like to make them look glossy. I expect there are thick varnish products that can do the job. So my cheap woods ...
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Can chipboard shelves be varnished?

Note: including a lot of details to avoid XY problem. Background I have been dealing with a minor pest (psocids, in case you're wondering, but I don't want the conversation to become about that), ...
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Painting over lead based varnish

Can I paint over lead based varnish with a primer and paint without stripping the varnish?
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applying varnish to wood in the sun

I have some wood that I want to apply varnish to. My garage is exceptionally dusty and my house is pretty bad too. My question is, is it okay to apply varnish outside in the sunshine? Will it still ...
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How can I repaint an antique piece of furniture that was varnished?

I want to repaint/varnish a piece of furniture, but have no idea if I can use a similar paint color, or if I need to find the exact type of varnish used. Is there a big difference in varnish vs paint?
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Protecting outdoor plywood table

I have a small balcony on which air conditioning units are placed. My wife would like me to build a table over the air units, where she can grow flowers, herbs and veggies. Using what I have ...
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Tacky Danish oil surface on stained Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I arrived at the decision ...
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Sanding, staining and varnishing wood, outside

I'm new to wood stuff in general and I want to build a mini closet, but my wife is pregnant, I was wondering if I can sand, stain, varnish, etc. outside and wait for the fumes to disperse and then put ...
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Finger / Palm Prints on Danish oil stained wood

Question: How do you get rid of hand prints on a pine table from under a treatment of colored danish oil? Background I was varnishing a new unfinished pine table, and decided to use a fine sandpaper ...
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“sap allowed” in walnut timber

I've been looking at getting some timber for a shelf, and found a place online selling walnut "sap allowed" - which I initially took to mean "might be 'sappy'". Having thought some more about it ...
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Treat soft wood floor

I recently bought a house and the bedroom has a wooden floor. I have attached a picture of the floor, after it has been sanded. I have sanded the floor level and finished it with a P120 grain. I am ...
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How do you varnish a laminate kitchen worktop?

The laminate workshop is looking a bit dull, would like to use Danish oil or similar, will it work on laminate surfaces?
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Dye laminate which lost its color because of detergent

A bottle of detergent for toilets leaked on my laminate for 3 days. The laminate became filled with it on a small area (less than 10cm²). The floor lost its colors and it slightly tinted in blue (the ...
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How should I repair these very damaged floor boards?

I've recently moved in to an apartment where the floor boards are damaged in some areas, presumably because there has been a lot of traffic in these spots. And it has been like this for years it seems,...
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Refinishing chop block counter top

I have bought my first house. I am DIYing my kitchen renovation. I have chop block countertops from IKEA and an undermount stainless steel kitchen sink. I know its not wise to undermount with a wood ...
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How can I get replacement floorboards to match existing floorboards?

I've just moved into a 1930's house and have started work on restoring the original floorboards. I had to replace around one third in each room with new boards from a local timber yard. After sanding ...
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How to apply varnish of a different color on a varnished wood shed?

We have a wood shed that's only 1 year old or so. After the wood shed was assembled, we applied a varnish called mahogany. That day, I was at work. When I came home, the varnish has already been ...
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Does Mineral spirit make for good wood Pre-Conditioner?

I was at the HomeDepot the other day and was informed that I could pre-Condition wood using Mineral spirit. However, this is the information came from the very same person who told me that I could use ...
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Is wood strength affected after weathering wood?

Lately I have been looking at tutorials for weathering some Maple wood with vinegar but I couldn't find any mention if it may cause any long term issues with the wood such as splitting, warping, etc. ...
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How to remove dry water based urethane varnish from mirror?

I recently varnished an hardwood frame for a mirror with a water based urethane varnish. My painter's tape did protect most of the mirror's edges, but it failed for one or two spots. The varnish found ...
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Why did my third coat of polyurethane finish “buckle”?

I'm refinishing a table I built about 10 years ago. I put 2 layers of gloss polyurethane down and sanded between coats. All was fine at this point. I gave it another light sanding and put a third ...
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In what way does varnish protect wood?

When researching wood finishes, I often see that varnish is attributed with the ability to "protect" wood. In what way does varnish protect wood? From scratching? From fading? From moisture? From ...
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Can I use these tree stumps for a table?

I took two tree stumps of approximately 35 cm in diameter and stuck them inside my living room. I read that, if I seal the ends with a strong varnish, it will allow them to dry out through the sides ...
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Can you put a matte polyurethane over a semi-gloss polyurethane to make it a matte finish?

I have a piece of furniture that my mom has painted and she put on a semi-gloss polyurethane finish. It is way too shiny for the type of painting. Can we put a matte polyurethane finish over the ...
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How can I lighten plywood to a finish that resembles pine?

I need ideas for making some plywood attractive. Ideally I want to lighten it and then varnish it, so it ends up with a pine finish. Is this possible? Alternatively I might stain it with a diluted ...
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Can I wash and continue to use dishes that were in a sink with a brush used for varnishing?

A brush used with varnish has been put into a sink, full of water with dishes. The dishes have not come into contact directly with the varnish, but with the varnish diluted in water. Is throwing all ...
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How can I protect my (engineered) hardwood floor from scratching?

I have engineered hardwood that scratches easily (be it from furniture being slid on it, a kid playing with hard toys on it, or simply from regular wear and tear). We currently mitigate the scratching ...
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What can we do about previously filled holes so I can varnish wood?

We have bought a house that has nice wooden doors, but holes in them have been filled ready for painting. We would prefer to varnish the wood - what can we do about the white filling in the holes?