I ordered the Caromal Colours textured basecoat Peppercorn in December and just got around to doing the cabinet. The upper cabinet is finished and I love it. The only concern I have is the paint is very matte and I would like to give it some sort of finish that is matte, yet with a sheen. Nothing like a glossy finish, but something for a little depth. Can I put a clear matte sealer over the paint without any problem, or do you have other suggestions.
I just ordered another jar of the peppercorn so I can finish the bottom cabinet. I will send before/after pics when completed.
Absolutely you can put a sealer over Caromal Colour’s paints. There is no specific topcoat that is required by Caromal Colours, you can choose a favorite of your own if you prefer. Actually their textured paints are quite durable even without a topcoat – most of my sample doors that I haul and bang around are not topcoated. Top-coating would be more desirable when it came to washability (scrubbing food off, or toothpastes, sticky hairspray etc) or SHEEN, like Brenda notes.
Caromal Colours sells a Liberon Wax (neutral) that offers a lovely soft furniture type finish – not shiny, just enough. It is a heavenly topcoat over furniture pieces, and the smell is yummy. I’m not a fan of waxing kitchen/bath cabinets so for those I always recommend a polyurethane, my favorites –
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Wipe-On Satin
I feel both give, as Brenda describes, a Matte with sheen finish. Maybe its because the textured basecoats, after they are lightly sanded, are SO matte, that the clear satin topcoats soak in – not sure, but you won’t end up with anything shiny. I’ve even used the Minwax Wipe-On Poly Gloss and that surprisingly was not glossy.
To finish answering Brenda’s question, yes, you can put a sealer over your Caromal Colours finish – be it matte, satin, gloss, wax – they’ll all work.
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