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How To Seal Your Furniture with Clear Coat

August 15, 2023
Author Country Chic Paint
In this tutorial we’ll show you how to apply Clear Coat to achieve a smooth, satin finish that will protect your work against daily traffic.

Clear Coat is a beautiful, satin-finish top coat that adds durability and protection to the finish of your painted furniture. It’s environmentally-conscious with ultra low VOCs and easy soap and water clean-up.

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Jar of clear coat top coat sealant in hand with paint brush, eucalyptus, wood bead garland, and sample boards in background

Step 1) Let your paint coat dry

It is very important to make sure that you let your last coat of paint dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding with Clear Coat, otherwise you may end up with a streaky finish. If your work space is cold or particularly humid, you’ll definitely want to wait even longer so your paint coats have plenty of time to dry all the way through.

Step 2) Stir your Clear Coat

Clear Coat should never be shaken. Instead, open up your jar and give it a good stir for about one minute to make sure all the ingredients are combined well. If you shake the jar, you can incorporate bubbles which will show up on your finish.

Step 3) Apply your first coat

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To achieve a nice, smooth finish, it’s easiest to apply Clear Coat with a painting sponge, but you can also use a synthetic bristle paint brush if you prefer. Use long, smooth strokes in one direction to avoid adding texture and don’t go over the same area more than once. If you notice any areas that you missed, wait until the whole coat has dried, then you can correct it with the next coat.

Allow each coat of Clear Coat to dry for 2-3 hours before starting the next coat.

Step 4) Finish with 3-4 coats

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For optimal durability, we recommend sealing your piece with 3-4 coats of Clear Coat. Although the full cure time of Clear Coat is about 3-4 weeks, you can start using your piece after just 24 hours. Be gentle with your piece for the first few weeks and avoid rigorous cleaning to avoid damaging the finish.

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