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    Finishing over paint

    I have a question. Say you want to paint a design on some wood and then put a clear finish over it.

    What kind of paint should you use? Oil based or acrylic?

    And what kind of clear finish can you put over it? Wipe on poly? Something oil based? Water-based?
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    For a completely clear finish, I'd use a water-based poly.

    Oil based poly or varnishes will give a yellow discoloration to anything under it, and so will shellac. Also, the solvents in oil based or shellac might dissolve whatever is painted under ti (would depend on what was used).

    I smearing might be a problem, then spraying on the poly (very light coats) would be preferable.
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    Cynthia I use Deft or a water base finish over acrylic paints all the time thats how I finish my organ pipes when I paint them. This is what the Tole painters do all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    Cynthia I use Deft or a water base finish over acrylic paints all the time thats how I finish my organ pipes when I paint them. This is what the Tole painters do all the time.

    Jay
    Perfect! Thanks all!
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    Cynthia, if you use acrylic you can clear coat acrylic or oil, if you use oil paint you need to finish with oil. Mind you oil will amber. Best bet is to stick with acrylic.
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