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10-22-2015 01:08 PM

This is an old frame I found in the trash. I’d like to prep it and hang it with photographs in the open spaces. I like the beaten up rustic look of it and just want to sand it down to get rid of the loose paint and then seal it up with some sort of clear coat. I was just going to use a wipe-on Poly but thought I’d get people’s opinions. It will be inside the house. What would you use? Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 10-22-2015 01:12 PM

I would mask off the glass and then use a spray can. If you want a gloss look shellac or lacquer from a spray can will work. For a semi gloss or satin you could use a polyurethane spray can.

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 01:17 PM

I’d probably leave it as is (after cleaning it up and sanding carefully). Any kind of clear coat is going to add gloss, which for me is going to look odd with that rustic look.
Lead in that paint might be a worry – a reason to be careful when scraping and especially sanding. And possibly a reason to want to clearcoat it, I suppose.

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 02:38 PM

I think I’d pass on the lacquer if some of the old paint stays on. The lacquer solvents may attack and wrinkle it. I think my choice would be a rattle can coat or 2 of shellac. Using a wiping finish on a surface that rough would be very tough to do (well).

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#4 posted 10-23-2015 12:14 AM

Thanks guys. I think I’ll try a shellac on the backside and see what it looks like.

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 02:24 AM

I like to use shellac for projects like this as well. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of amber shellac to clear for a bit more depth. After the last coat cures, I’ll often rub it out with 0000 steel wool and wax. Makes for a really nice rustic finish that feels relatively nice as well..

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 12:58 PM

ANY coating on there will darken the bare wood significantly. I’d leave it alone.

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#7 posted 10-23-2015 01:26 PM

I’m with the others leave it be. If you must spray, decide if you want high gloss, or a low luster. Shellac is pretty safe and easy to remove. Poly will make it look plastic (IMO)

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#8 posted 10-23-2015 02:34 PM

Coatings don’t have to be glossy. If you choose to coat, use a “flat” or “satin” finish.
Water based finishes will not yellow.
Shellac is gonna be glossy.


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