You can sand lightly

Posted by Robert N Pruden on Feb 3, 2007

to remove the varnish but you will have to repaint. With light sanding the paint pattern should remain so repainting will be easier than the first time you did it. The sanded varnish will create a yellow dust so you will know when you have got all the varnish off when the dust stops being yellow. Of course, it is easy to tell when you are sanding into the paint.

Robert N Pruden

In Response to: nope- varnish is by Charlie Jones on Jan 31, 2007