What finish should I use to protect latex-painted bench?

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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 09-16-2010 03:21 PM 5575 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2010 03:21 PM

I have been assembling a project piece-meal and folks sitting on the pieces are dinging it up. It’s a bench for a wine shop that will see every day use. It is a satin latex paint that definitely needs some protection. I guess you can’t post pictures unless you provide your owner server for hosting the images. oh well.

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#1 posted 09-16-2010 04:20 PM

I’ve never heard of putting a protective coating over latex paint.

Aside from frequent repainting, the only other solution I can think of is to look into an industrial coating of some sort, like an epoxy-based paint or thermoplastic powder coat.

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#2 posted 09-16-2010 05:56 PM

If you try to put something like a polyeuruthane, it will probably turn the paint an amber color.
I’m with Charlie…..the protective coating on the benches IS the latex paint….Re-sand…re-finish, if necessary
In fact, I think anything you put over the latex will make it off-colored eventially.

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#3 posted 09-16-2010 08:39 PM

I built a table for my wife’s laptop and coated it with latex Polyurethane. Lots of coats. So far, it’s stood up to everything except the teeth of the new puppy. Those suckers are sharp.

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#4 posted 09-17-2010 05:43 PM

Make sure the latex paint is really dry. And you can apply a lacquer on it. If the color is white you better use the acrylic lacquer (non yellowing lacquer).
But if it for outdoor use you better coat with PU outdoor.

Good luck



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