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Furniture with old oil-based varnish


The use or non-use of the right primer can make or break your painting projects. It remains one of the most misunderstood parts of painting. Indeed, this undercoat that precedes the paint is often an essential step in surface preparation.

Primer is designed to create a stable and adherent surface on which paint layers can adhere well. Primer also helps to conceal stains and imperfections on the surface.

Applying a layer of primer 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 need to use a primer before painting, and sometimes it’s okay to skip it. It all depends solely on the surface to be painted.

A surface previously varnished with an oil-based varnish


If you are painting furniture that has already been varnished with an oil-based varnish, you will need a primer. Oil-based 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 cannot simply use a water-based paint, like Colorantic chalk paint, directly on an oil-based finish, as the paint will not hold up in the long run. That’s why you need to use an oil-based primer first. Once the primer has cured, you can paint over it with water-based paint without any problems.

Even though Colorantic paint contains a certain percentage of primer, we always recommend applying a good primer before painting furniture. This is especially important if it is a heavily used piece of furniture or a smooth wood surface. Otherwise, it can be difficult to achieve good adhesion. On some surfaces, paint without primer is likely to peel off very easily. Follow the instructions related to your primer and wait for it to dry completely before applying the paint.


It’s important to remember that removing the shine from old oil varnishes is necessary because old oil varnishes tend to yellow over time. In the Canadian market, an oil finish is not compatible with water-based paint. This is the basic rule for all chemists.

Our Colorantic paint is water-based. Even though many other companies claim otherwise, the lifespan of your work will be short if the shine is not removed beforehand.

It’s necessary to thoroughly clean your furniture, and Colorantic’s varnish cleaner and remover is our customers’ favourite product. Spray it on, let it sit for 30 minutes, and rinse it well before applying Colorantic’s oil primer.

Finally, our goal at Colorantic is to ensure long-lasting work for you.

Need additional advice? Don’t hesitate to contact us; our team will be happy to guide you through your project.


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The Colorantic Team

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