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Old 20-10-2014, 08:35 PM
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I'm currently painting the outside of my dolls house and I'm wondering if I should give it a coat of matt varnish after the paint is totally dry. Just to make the surface stronger and hopefully the dust then won't stick so much to the painted areas. What have you done?

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Old 20-10-2014, 08:51 PM
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Hi Rikkie. Honestly I don't like the idea on varnishing the whole house especially if you will be varnishing a already painted house. With what have you painted it? If you used emulsion there will be a slight chance that in time it will go a bit yellowish and the paint might crack if tbe wood will make a slight movement Like expanding with weather.
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Hi Rikke

I agree with Rebecca I wouldn't use varnish over paint or emulsion. I decoupaged over a cream water based paint and then varnished it and it turned yellowish!
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Old 21-10-2014, 05:57 AM
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Thanks for the warning! I'm painting with a normal waterbased paint for regular walls, so I think I will follow your advice and not varnish it. Although the house is painted vanilla white - a kind of cream colour -I don't want it to turn yellow or crackle.

Off to work and then maybe a bit of painting tonight

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Dear all

I'm currently painting the outside of my dolls house and I'm wondering if I should give it a coat of matt varnish after the paint is totally dry. Just to make the surface stronger and hopefully the dust then won't stick so much to the painted areas. What have you done?

Rikke
I treat ALL exteriors. It really saves on damage over the years. It also seals the wood. Truly, I have found it gives a more glowing appearance to the painted wood.

I use a polyurethane by "Miniwax" brand and the "clear satin" finish. I have not had it yellow on ever. If you brush it on, just mind your brush strokes and use a decent brush. If you use the spray, spray a light EVEN coat and let it dry, then spray a 2nd coat. About 10-12 inches from surface give or take.

Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane - Clear Wood Finish | Minwax

This product is sold in the UK.
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If the house is built from MDF I would recommend the first step to be a good coat or two of MDF sealer available from the likes of Wilko or B&Q in the UK - not sure about Denmark! If this raises the fibres in the MDF slightly you can give it a light sanding with fine sandpaper. I then finish with one or two coats of a quality matt emulsion. You can use silk emulsion but it does give a slight sheen. I find this gives a good, wipeable finish that is hardwearing enough for the application it is being used on.

As the other members have said, I would not use a varnish over the emulsion.
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