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Forum topic by Matt in Franklin posted 01-12-2014 08:27 PM 691 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2014 08:27 PM

All, I have a bench with cubbies that was painted with a (off) white satin latex paint. I just finished touching up some dings and scratches and was thinking that I wanted to add a glossy hard topcoat over the paint job to help better protect it.

If you had this project on your to-do list, what would you use?

A few other notes…..

1. This is an INSIDE bench, so there is no need to use something like a spar urethane.

2. The color of the bench needs to be preserved. What I mean by that is that I don’t want to use something that will “amber” or “yellow” or in any other way alter the color of the piece.

That’s it. So throw me your best ideas. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 08:44 PM

Polycrylic

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 10:17 PM

polycrylic is waterborne, correct?

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#3 posted 01-12-2014 10:42 PM

Yes, it is water-based and dries perfectly clear. You shouldn’t have problems with adhesion if the base surface is clean and scuffed a bit, but may still have problems with the finish cracking, depending on temperature and humidity changes in your shop. Latex paint will give a little, but anything that dries to a hard finish will not. Even if it cracked a bit, it would still protect the paint from scratches and chipping off.

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 12:50 AM

I would use Target's EM9000, but you didn’t mention if you have spray capability.

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 01:11 AM

Art, the only spray capability I have is out of a spray can :-).

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 07:04 PM

Matt, my suggestion would be to use another coat or two of Gloss or Semi-Gloss enamel, water bourne paint. You should be able to exact match the existing color and get a tougher finish.

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 09:41 PM

I use General Finishes waterborne topcoats and have been very happy with them. Crystal clear and hard. Did some dining room chairs and they turned out nice.

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