- 31 October 2013 at 5:51 pm #20644Ron HarperParticipant
Just finished Toy Box for little niece. It has two coats of satin white enamel on it. SWMBO is going to paint some “girly” designs on it. Should I add a clear top cost? If yes, what? Thanks2 November 2013 at 10:40 pm #20736clarkey104Member
I’m no expert on finishing but I would have thought that a coat of something clear added after the “girly” designs have been added would be a good idea for extra protection of the designs. All I would say is that it would be good to check compatibility of the clear coat with yout enamels (perhaps do a test) and also that your white enamel may be made to look a little off-white by certain “clear” coats so be careful if that would be a problem. Hope that helps.
John2 November 2013 at 11:04 pm #20738JasonParticipant
Ron, put shellac as a topcoat if anything. It’s hard and should stick to the enamel.2 November 2013 at 11:44 pm #20741Mark ArmstrongParticipant
I would use a polyurethane varnish will take the knocks a toy box will have to take. Shellack is a good finish but not as good taking knocks as a varnish and not as water resistant.
Dagenham, Essex, England3 November 2013 at 5:31 pm #20757jgust747Participant
If it’s for a young child go with shellac, it’s safe and nontoxic.
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