Can I put satin polyurethane finish over glossy?

Answered by Brett Kulina ~ December 30, 2012 ~ No Comments

I used a glossy polyurethane to finish some interior wood paneling, which I now think is way too shiny. If I put a coat of satin finish polyurethane over the glossy, will that fix the problem?

Brett Kulina

If the final coat of polyurethane is a satin finish, then your wood paneling should have less of a sheen than a glossy finish. Just to be safe, you should stick with the same brand of polyurethane when applying different finishes so that you can avoid any adhesion problems between the wood and the protective finish. Another possible way to help knock back that unwanted shiny finish is to scuff up the existing finish with some fine grade sandpaper or steel wool prior to applying the final coat.

You may want to sand and refinish only a small and inconspicuous area of the wood paneling to first see if you like the results. If the finish is still not exactly what you are looking for, then you always have the option of stripping the finish all the way back to the bare wood and starting all over again. Good luck!

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