How To Seal Painted Wood…

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.

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    Start here –   distressing paints

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    3 responses to “How To Seal Painted Wood…

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    3. Hey Tom here I painted wood floor with waterborne latex whats a good sealer.

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