Protective Glossy Paint Finish
Painted surfaces that aren't
given a protective finish are very prone to scratches when
they're used or anything's set on them. For that reason, you
may want to consider using a protective
is a high gloss
finish that may be painted on to indoor surfaces to provide
excellent protection from scuffs and scratches. We've used it
on some shelves and a dresser, and it's worked GREAT.
What you need to know:
- There are two types of polyurethane: solvent-based, and water based.
- Solvent-based poly will yellow over time! Most people like this for refinishing wood furniture because it gives a warm look.
- Water-based poly will dry clear, and remain clear. If you're using the poly over a color-painted surface, choose one that's water-based. If you're using it on a small piece, consider Diamond Polyurethane, which comes in spray form. If you're doing a large piece, buy it by the gallon.
Brushing Lacquer has been recommended to me as a great alternative to polyurethane. It's said to also leave a gorgeous shine and a durable finish. I haven't tried it yet, but I also didn't know about the potential for yellowing issues with the poly. Next time around, I'll be trying the brushing lacquer, which is available at Lowes.
- Be sure you have as good of ventilation as humanly possible because this stuff STINKS!
- It's also an oil-base, which means you have to clean your brush with acetone to remove it. I personally don't find it worth it to try to clean polyurethane/lacquer out of a brush so I use a brush or paint sponge that I can throw away afterwards. In between the two coats, simply wrap the brush/sponge as tightly as possible in a WalMart bag to keep it from drying out. This will allow you to use the same brush/sponge to apply both coats.
- Although applying the protective finish is an extra, stinky step that's sorta a pain, it gives a great glossy finish and protects the furniture better than anything else I've seen. Painted furniture is otherwise rather prone to scratches. But it takes a pretty hefty scrape to damage the polyurethane (and I assume the brushing lacquer as well).