Removing paint but not the previously applied varnish from interior doors

Hi

I have painted my interior vanished doors white and now I'm wondering if it is at all possible to remove the paint that I have applied without removing the vanish that is below it?

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Jan 10, 2015
Removing paint without removing the varnish underneath
by: Shawn

Hi,

It does depend on the paint (quality and how long it's been on) and the previous applied varnish of course. An older lower quality paint, over top of an unprimed high gloss varnish, might just wipe off with the help of a little elbow grease.

With that said, in most cases the usual ways of removing paint tend to require either sandpaper, blasting, scrappers, or chemical. Unfortunately all of the afore mentioned processes would also remove the finish (or varnish in this case) which is below the paint.

Your easiest alternatives, at this point, would be to repaint the doors. Stripping the doors, re-staining and re-clear coating is another option but would be either much more labor intensive, or to costly if you have someone else do the job for you. Another idea though, might be to apply an antiquing product that you can purchase from your local paint supplier.

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