Paint over clear finish?

I am looking to paint some cabinet doors. They currently have a clear finish on them (Varnish/poly?) Should I strip or simply paint over the finish?
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bob
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You can paint over it, but you should scuff-sand the existing finish to give the primer something to bite onto. Benjamin Moore makes Fresh Start primer that supposedly can be used directly onto semi-gloss finishes and Formica. I'd still sand - belt and suspenders.
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Leave the clear on. The next owner who wants to take them back to clear finish will appreciate that. Makes the paint a lot easier to strip.
But seriously, short of a chemical conflict that makes the surface self-destruct, a degreased and slightly scuffed finish should hold any good paint.
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On 23 May 2007 11:28:24 -0700, " snipped-for-privacy@sbcglobal.net"

Painting over a clear finish can be troublesome depending upon the finish. Typically, the best course of action is to sand aggressively, prime with a pigmented shellac primer such as BIN, then top coat as required.
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