I have just finished a quick sanding and revarnishing (polyurethane
yacht varnish) my iroko front door..and the result is HORRIBLE! My
fault methinks, for not sanding the door well and leaving unsanded
bits which looked fine..now the door is all blotchy, with various
shades of brown! I know I know...mea culpa! Anyway, since wife is now
making life hell about it, I need some help! Preposterous question
maybe, but do you think I could just lighly sand the new finish (to
prime it) and paint it over (not varnish) to cover up the different
shades? Or do I still need to sand/strip/heatgun it all over again?
Any help would be appreciated because after trawling through the NG, I
still didn't find an answer.
My experience is paint doesn't attach well to varnish. It will sluff off. If
you sand it, degloss with liquid sander, and prime with oil based Kilz
(while the surface is still soft), you might have a surface paint will stick
Good luck :-)
So, if I have this right, you did a half assed job, your wife is on your
case, and you want to know if you can cover it up with another half assed
Sure, have at it. It'll look like it just came from the factory.
Mike's description is "elegant" but also right on. If you are painting with a
color or opaque anything, you can go ahead. But if you are really varnishing
and you want the clear wood finish, there is no choice but to remove all
previous stuff, sand to bare wood and then start over.
Well. I can tell you that I have been were Adrian is and I sympathize with
him (with some amusement I admit). I've been there, done that, and started
over doing it right.
I will say that I might consider replacing the front door it the effort is
too great to strip and re-varnish. Varnish on an exterior door requires
annual maintenance, and just like on a boat, if you sand it in the spring
and apply a coat of varnish that contains a UV filter, it probably will
always look nice. If you don't do it, well, . . . . .
Thanks for the sympathy!...since i'm not getting any from the wife!
(or from Mike for that matter...)
I think i'm done with varnishing...the slightest defect will show
right through, and I certainly don't fancy having to do this every
year. So paint it is, eggshell or gloss, white or blue. The door
itself is in very good shape, and replacing it will cost far too much.
And iroko, I'm told here, is a good, strong wood, unlike the pine
doors most people have here. So I guess I'll have a go at it with
either paint stripper or a heat gun, then sand it lightly all over to
get a smooth-ish surface before painting it over. Won't use the sander
again...can't afford to lose any more wood! Errmm, stupid question
maybe, but it needs to be primed before painting, right?
Thing is I have to work with the door in place because we the door is
right on the road (no front path/garden), so I cannot afford to remain
without a door.
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