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Forum topic by SuperDave02 posted 10-23-2010 12:49 AM 985 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2010 12:49 AM

I just finished making some built in bookcases and I painted them with the same interior paint as the walls of my house. But it is really prone to scuffing. Can I use a varnish of poly to seal it???

-- David South FLorida

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 12:53 AM

If in doubt put a coat of dewaxed shellac first and a light scuff with some 220 and your good to go.

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 03:08 AM

I have had really good results using satin finish polycrylic over painted surfaces.

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 03:30 AM

Defenitely you can use an acrylic WB clear. Olympic, Minwax, etc. Keep in mind that some WB acrylics are are not “water” clear, 2 good coats of clear should do you good.

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 03:32 AM

PS::: if you sprsy finish, I would recommend using the PPG Breakthrough product line. It’s absolutely great from great sand sealers to top coats that don’t mar and are extremely chemical resistant! + they’re all WB! Very fast dry. The sand sealer sands just like lacquers.

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 10:13 PM

Well….I tried the polycrylic, and it did change the color, its noticably darker now. So I think I will put on a second coat, then repaint it. That way if it is scuffed it will have the protective layer just under it. Maybe it will work

-- David South FLorida

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 06:08 PM

Polyurethane works well and if you use a good quality water based poly it won’t change the color. I just replaced a kitchen counter that was painted and protected with 3 coats of poly. It has stayed very nice for the last 8 years with daily use. A film finish over paint is hard to repair, though we didn’t have the need over all those years.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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