Artisan Enhancements® - Clear Top Coat Quart
Artisan Enhancements® Clear Topcoat is a high quality, soy based, low VOC, non-yellowing alkyd product that is formulated for ultimate clarity with a matte to satin sheen (appears more satin on darker colored paint). Top Coat is packaged in quart size containers and smaller 8 ounce (click HERE for smaller packaging option.)
The Clear Topcoat is water resistant (once cured)- that means it is NOT water proof. : ) It dries to a clear matte finish that helps protect your painted, plastered and stained surfaces. Clear Topcoat is a highly versatile product which works well with the entire Artisan Enhancements® line, as well as other decorative paint lines.
I personally find it amazing in that it is a great option to use over our clear and dark wax!
Always- a stockist will state NOT to apply a polyurethane, shellac or lacquer over wax. That statement holds true- but we have found that the Artisan Enhancement Clear Top Coat is the exception.
It is always suggested to wait about 24 hours after your application of wax before applying the Artisan Enhancement Clear Top Coat. I usually go back over the topcoat with a light coat of clear wax just for the glide and sheen- and because I want that patina only wax creates.
Regarding the sheen – or lack of it- keep in mind that the Artisan Enhancement Clear Top Coat will only create by design a matte finish. So, even if you have buffed the wax beneath first, the top coat will still remain flat because the topcoat dries flat. The sheen of the surface beneath does not matter. You can buff it slightly and get a small amount of a sheen, but NOTE – the the Clear Top Coat will not be shiny like wax can be after buffing. The Artisan Enhancement Clear Top Coat does protect the dark wax though – which makes this a great option on table tops or even cabinetry!
Speaking of using dark wax on cabinets or table tops…for kitchen cabinets- if wanting to use the dark wax- but concerned about the longevity of the aesthetics since you scrub your cabinets or table top often = consider this high level process proposal.
Paint, apply clear wax, distress, dark wax, then Artisan Enhancement topcoat to lock in the dark wax stain.
It works like a charm!
NOTE though!=> wait 24 hours AFTER applying your dark wax before applying the Artisan Enhancement Clear Top Coat. Then if choosing to do a Clear Wax finish- wait 24 hours after the Artisan Enhancement Clear Top Coat application. This gives some time for products to set up a bit.
Basic Recommended Use: Clear Topcoat is formulated for application on surfaces that require a protective coating or seal. It is recommended for use on furniture, wood, painted or stained surfaces.
Clear Topcoat can be used as an exterior application.
How To Use:
Stir and shake thoroughly before application.
Apply at least 2 very thin coats using a brush, roller or sprayer and allow product to dry before reapplication. Topcoat dries to the touch very quickly (approx. 30 minutes). If it is not dry quickly that means there is something chemically interfering beneath your painted surface and could take longer to dry. For optimal results let each layer dry for 24 hours before reapplying next coat. If cleaning piece with chemical products prior to using, wipe down completely with water before you start painting.
When using directly over paint- some people add about 5-10% water to their first coat to make sure the first coat is very thin.
Seal container tightly and do not let freeze or expose to direct sunlight or extreme heat. Do not apply product when air and surface temperatures are below 50°F (10°C).
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