Let's face it: painting just about any surface is a lot of work. It is also time-consuming and it always comes with a price tag. Protecting painted surfaces is as simple as adding at least one coat of a clear finish. Adding a clear finish will also lengthen the life of the painted surface because it adds a hard and durable top layer that wears well.
Things You'll Need
- Foam brushes Clear finish (polyurethane or lacquer) Cloth rags Rubber gloves
Allow the painted surface to dry completely according to the instructions on the paint label. Drying time ranges from 2 to 8 hours depending on atmospheric conditions and the location of the painted surface.
Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Latex or blue nitrile gloves will work, too. Open the can of finish and dip the tip of a foam brush into the can to pick up some finish.
Begin spreading the finish over the painted surface. If drips form, immediately wipe them away with either the foam brush or a cloth rag.
Allow the finish to dry according to the instructions on the label. Reapply additional coats of finish according to manufacturer specifications. It is a good idea to lightly sand the finished surface in between coats with a 220-grit buffing or sanding pad to create a smooth-as-glass finish.
Dispose of the foam brush and soiled rags according to local laws and regulations.
Tips & Warnings
- Read the warning label on the can of finish. Some finishes are flammable or combustible. Keep these away from open flames and ignition sources.
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