|Forum topic by Propaganda||posted 07-22-2010 07:50 AM||4600 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
07-22-2010 07:50 AM
We are having a rough time with this, we are trying to figure out how to finish MDF shapes. (stars, butterflies, etc.) The end goal is a nice deep glossy surface (in black). These items will be hung on interior walls and rarely handled.
Using Rust-o-leum crystal clear enamel (rattle can!) over vaspar flat black spray paint yielded the look we want. However the many coats and sanding took way too much time. BTW, does anyone know if that rustoleum stuff is the same a their clear enamel which is branded not the same as the rattle can stuff? I ask because we are now using HVLP and using rattle cans is laughable and expensive.
So we tested vaspar latex enamel paint with vaspar polyacrylic clear coat. It came out just ok. Not much of a shine and no depth. Next up is BenMoore IronClad Latex with their Stays Clear top coat. I don’t foresee a great improvement, but hey at more than twice the price I still am hoping. Also I will be using kilz as a primer to lessen raised fibers.
Now I am contemplating trying an oil-based paint with some sort of clear coat. Any suggestions on the clear coat?
Naturally time is a huge factor and we would like to find a balance between time and outcome. We can really use some experienced direction.
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