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Forum topic by Scott posted 01-01-2016 02:29 PM 452 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2016 02:29 PM

So I’m remodeling a nursery at my house as a request from the wife. I bought a new closet door and just sprayed it white with a HVLP. Now I’m wondering if I could put a finish over it to keep it looking like new for years to come. I’ve read some people saying use a polycrylic and others saying it yellows wood. Others say paste wax.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 02:38 PM

The finish that will keep it looking new is – another coat of white paint down the road when it gets dirty. If it’s an enamel just wash it.

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 03:20 PM

What dhazelton said.

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 03:57 PM

I’ve never had polycrylic yellow and I’ve been using it for years,one of the few Minwax products I use. But all said and done additional paint is a simple and durable solution just as dhazelton said.

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 06:06 PM

+1 ^ what they said.

I would not use paste wax, as it will prevent future coats from adhering without stripping off all the wax first.

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 06:46 AM

Unless one is wanting to enhance the depth and maybe the gloss of paint, what the others said. Initially you are better off adding additional coats of the paint for protection vs a clear coat.

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 02:02 PM

seems my walls and woodwork have maintaned a pretty clean,fresh look with a lil dishsoap in a bucket and wiping it all down annually. latex satin on walls and semi gloss on trim.

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#7 posted 01-02-2016 03:11 PM

If you are wanting to keep it white, I agree with the above. Wash regularly. Recoat when it doesn’t clean to suit you.

Wife painted the cabinets white in our little coffee bar area with a latex enamel. Wasn’t completely happy with color and the texture of the surface. I lightly block sanded and then sprayed a couple coats of clear lacquer over it. The lacquer ‘warmed’ the color, almost giving it a very slight amber tint. The most important thing, she LOVED it.

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#8 posted 01-02-2016 03:22 PM

I think polycrilic is a good idea if the paint is on a shelf or something that will possibly have plastic or rubber in contact with it. Latex paint suffers from something called blocking, no matter how dry the paint is it freely exchanges electrons with certain rubber and plastics and will stick down the road. This is most apparent in doors sticking to weather stripping and most blame it on the door not being dry enough.

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#9 posted 01-03-2016 02:35 AM

Thank you all for the input. I’ll just go ahead and install it. And if I have to, I’ll just respray it if it ever needs it.

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