How To Paint Over Polyurethane

By Robert Robillard on How To

How To Paint Over Polyurethane Or Varnish Finishes

Applying Paint

You may paint with latex, oil-base or any other paint or enamel.

Tip:  To keep the brush from drying while prepping the wood wrap it in plastic wrap or a plastic bag to keep the air from drying it. Keep a rag over your primer bucket to keep out debris.


In the professional circles of painting contractors there is a long standing saying that “even a good paint job requires great preparation!” Painting is 80% prep and 20% applying the paint.

Follow these detailed steps and you can ensure that your paint will adhere and last a long, long time. 

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href=""

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