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Forum topic by jhl posted 11-13-2011 02:01 AM 1635 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2011 02:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed wood painted wood chipped paint sealing question finishing refurbishing rustic arts and crafts

My wife has got me making picture frames from reclaimed wood. She really likes the wood that has still has the old various colors of paint on it. Some of the old pieces the paint is still ‘adhered’ to the wood, other it is flaky, pealing, etc which of course makes sense.

The question: is there a product that when applied over the paint wood help ‘seal’ or “glue” the flakes, chips down?
So it would not continue to flake etc.

Any suggestions would be Greatly appreciated.


Jim-A beginning, addicted woodworker.

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#1 posted 11-13-2011 02:51 AM

Careful with the possibilities of lead based paints. Id venture to guess that a spray lacquer would be the best as you wouldnt have to brush it on.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 11-13-2011 03:00 AM

Bartop epoxy would do a great job of sealing it, although it’s expensive and will put a shiny layer on the piece.

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#3 posted 11-13-2011 04:59 AM

I generally rely on shellac for most of my sealing. It would not take much to use a few pieces of the wood
with different finishes to find out what would work for you.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 11-13-2011 05:09 AM

Thanks to you all. I really appreciate the help here!!

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Bill White

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 01:22 AM

Yep. A seal coat with de-waxed shellac, then finish with a water based urethane. I use Modern Masters.
The water based stuff won’t “yellow” the final product, and will keep the the shellac/paint flakes intact.
Hey, best of all, it won’t smell bad, and brushes clean up with amonia and water.
The operatrive word here is DE-WAXED shellac (Zinsser Seal Coat).
No connection with Zinsser or Modern Masters. Just a happy customer.


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