Primer for over varnish

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1008 days ago

I have 20 used clothes armoire’s that I have to paint.
They have a varnish coat on them with lots of scuff and scratches on them.
I have heard that I can paint them if I sand off the gloss and then prime them with Zinsser BIN ; then apply paint and a top coat.
But which one? BIN Shellac-Base Primer-sealer/Stain Killer/Bond Coat , BIN 2 Primer Stain Blocker , Clear BIN Sealer , High Hide Cover-Stain Primer…etc.
Thanks for any help here!!!

-- - - - Rod , Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada

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#1 posted 1008 days ago

Kiltz oil based primer then paint to desired shade.

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Bill White

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#2 posted 1008 days ago

I’ve used Kilz and just plain old dewaxed shellac.
You can also just use a liquid de-glosser, an oil based primer, then spray.


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#3 posted 1008 days ago

Shellac will stick to almost anything, and if the finishes have any contamination left on them you might run into problems. Applying a coat of BIN (the first one you named) pretty much guarantees everything else will stick.

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#4 posted 1007 days ago

I painted over varnish many years ago. I just bought some Deglosser and mixed in in the paint. Worked great. One coat.

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#5 posted 1003 days ago

Thanks Fred.
Sanded a unit till gloss was gone, wiped down with mineral spirits, applied BIN Shellac-Base Primer-sealer, lightly sanded again, then 2 coats Benjamin Moore Advanced paint. Fantastic !!! Great adhesion with BIN over varnish.

-- - - - Rod , Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada

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