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Furniture with an old oil-based varnish

Using the right primer can make or break your painting projects. This is still one of the most misunderstood parts of painting. In fact, this undercoat, which precedes painting, is often an essential step in surface preparation.

Primer is designed to create a stable, adherent surface on which paint coats can bond. The primer also helps mask stains and imperfections on the surface.

Priming before painting adds extra work and time to your project. Are you in a hurry and would like to skip this step?

Sometimes you absolutely must use a primer before painting, and sometimes it’s okay to ignore it. It all depends on the surface to be painted.

A surface previously varnished with an oil-based varnish

If you’re painting a piece of furniture that has already been varnished with an oil-based varnish, you’ll need a primer. Oil varnish has been used to varnish furniture for many years.

Nowadays, water-based paints are much more environmentally friendly and easier to use and clean. However, you can’t simply use a water-based paint, such as Colorantic chalk paint, directly over an oil finish, as the paint won’t hold up over the long term. That’s why you need to use an oil-based primer first. Once the primer has hardened, you can easily paint it with water-based paint.

Even though Colorantic paint contains a certain percentage of primer, we always recommend applying a good primer before painting furniture. This is particularly important if the furniture is heavily used or has a smooth wood surface. If this is the case, it may be difficult to achieve good adhesion. On some surfaces, unprimed paint can peel off very easily. Follow the instructions for your primer and wait for it to dry completely before applying paint.



What’s important to remember is that removing the sheen from old oil varnishes is necessary, as the old oil varnishes were yellowing. On the Canadian market, an oil finish is not compatible with water-based paint. This is the basic rule of all chemists.

Our Colorantic paint is water-based. Although many other companies say otherwise, the life of your work will be short if the gloss is not removed first.

  • You need to clean your furniture well, and Colorantic’s varnish cleaner and remover is our customers’ favorite product. Spray on, leave for 30 minutes and rinse well twice before applying Colorantic oil primer.


Finally, our goal at Colorantic is to guarantee you a long-lasting job.

Need more advice? Don’t hesitate to contact us, our team will be delighted to guide you through your project.

Thank you for supporting a local company.

The Colorantic team

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