I thought this simple instruction might interest some.
Written by Jennifer Painter, a eHow contributor:
A beautifully painted wood surface can be quickly ruined if it is not properly protected. Painted wood furniture is especially susceptible to nicks, scratches, and water rings. A clear polyurethane topcoat can seal your painted wood surfaces and protect them from damage if properly applied. Follow these steps to seal painted wood with a clear polyurethane coating -
- Drop Cloths
- Rubber Gloves
- Clean Cloth
- Clear Polyurethane
- Paint Tray
- Paint Brush
- Fine-Grit Sandpaper
- 1 Wait at least four to seven days after painting the wood before you apply a sealer.
- 2 Protect your floor with drop cloths, and protect your hands with rubber gloves.
- 3 Wipe the newly painted surface lightly with a damp cloth to remove dust. Allow the surface to dry completely.
- 4 Apply a thin coat of polyurethane with long overlapping strokes of the brush.
- 5 Allow the thin coat of polyurethane to dry according to the product instructions.
- 6 Lightly sand the polyurethane surface with fine-grit sandpaper (at least 220 grit) to remove any tiny bumps or imperfections.
- 7 Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove sanding residue and allow the surface to dry completely.
- 8 Repeat the application process (steps four through seven) until two to three coats of polyurethane are applied.
I don’t wait 4-7 days to topcoat the Caromal Colour textured basecoats, but I do wait a solid 24 hours before topcoating. However, with their RECLAIM line of paint it is suggested that you wait 4-5 days before applying a topcoat.
Protecting floor is a good idea, though often I don’t do this either for the top coat process – I DO wear rubber gloves though, because most poly’ s are not water clean up and I HATE that feeling on my hands…
Wiping surface before starting – yup good idea – get any dust, dog hair off before proceeding…
As far as brushing it, if you choose your favorite topcoat that’s brush applied, then follow the instructions on application. I always recommend the Min-wax Wipe-On Poly for its ease of use - no brushes are involved, just an old tshirt rag. Only thing with Wipe-ON is it requires more applications in order to get a sufficient topcoat – I’d say at least 3 wipes, but it goes so quick and easy, I don’t mind the extra pass or two.
Dry before reapplying, good… Light sanding in between? I typically don’t, but some folks do. Using at least a 220, higher if you can find it.
Want to learn more about Caromal Colours paints that don’t require sanding, or priming, or stripping beforehand?
Start here – distressing paints
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