Painted furniture often requires a proper sealant for protecting it against the elemental forces of nature. Your desk drawers, table legs and armrests deserve good topcoat of quality finish for making the rich colors look bright and long lasting. A premium finish helps to protect your furniture from scratching and weathering. Moreover it saves your time and money on future repairs.
You could apply good quality enamel or a water-based polyurethane sealer after allowing your paint to become dry. The polyurethane sealer protects your furniture from elemental forces of the nature like the rain and the wind if it is an outdoor item. In addition it prevents surface scratches arising from household cleaning and the activities of the children and the pets. Water-based sealer provides you a clear coat allowing the true color to shine through without any stained yellow appearance. This sealer is ideal for water-based or acrylic primers.
While applying the sealer, make use of a synthetic brush for preventing strokes. Small items like desk chairs or side tables could be protected in a single coat. On the other hand larger items such as kitchen tables should have at least 2 coats of protection. Sanding could also be used after the first coat.
If you want to seal hand-painted furniture, it should be sealed twice. The wood of the hand painted furniture must be sealed after it’s been sanded. It should be sealed again after applying color. The extra sealing helps to prevent the paint from damage, providing it a matte or glossy finish and protecting it from scratches and moisture.
Let's have a look at a few trendy tips for sealing hand painted furniture:
Sand the furniture surface
Before applying the paint, sand the furniture surface with a fine grit sandpaper for making it smooth and strengthening the paint bond. If you are applying color to a wood which is stained previously, scuff up the surface with sandpaper. This will make sure that the color will not peel off and reveal the old finish.
Seal the unfinished wood
Try to close the unfinished wood with the help of a wood conditioner called sanding sealer. This product works for ensuring the fact that the raw wood doesn't have dry patches. Making use of a sanding sealer restrains you from painting over the same side as the paint keeps soaking into the wood. Since paint consists of larger molecules compared to wood stain, this is not likely to happen. A dry wood absorbs much less color if treated with a conditioner for sealing the wood.
Paint the furniture
Paint the furniture the way you want it to be. Make use of a crazy color or a pattern for matching the rest of your decorations. You could select latex wall paint as it is inexpensive. In order to make a detailed work, choose acrylic craft paint available in bottles of different sizes.
Spray aerosol sealer
Spray an aerosol sealer over your furniture lightly after the paint has become dry. You could get aerosol sealers in several finishes starting from matte to high gloss. They work effectively for small projects and detailed carved areas. You must allow the spray to become dry between coats. However if you don't want to use aerosol spray, you could opt for another way for sealing hand-painted furniture.
Use sponge for applying sealers
Make use of sponge for applying enamel-based sealers. Enamels create a durable surface that wipes clean in a nice way. They are also available in different finishes. If you decide that enamel is not for you, you could make use of lacquer.
Brush on lacquer
Working with a lacquer allows it enough of time to get dry completely. Wet-sand with fine grit sandpaper helps to remove dust from the surface.
Consider these few trendy tips and seal your hand painted furniture successfully. You could also check out a few hard surface protection products for protecting your home furniture.