Many have asked me about the best paint for furniture without sanding. However, the reason you should sand a piece of furniture is usually so that you can create enough grit or tooth on the surface for the paint to stick. Chalk painters can sometimes get around sanding because chalk paint is more porous which allows it to have glue-like properties. However, I have yet to find an old piece of furniture that did not require at least some sanding. Every painted furniture piece needs to be covered in a substance that will stick to the surface and also protect the piece long-term. No one product does both things really well – at least none that are cost-effective. Chalk paint has the adhesion properties but not the protection you want. Latex has the protection, but not the adhesion. That is why chalk paint requires waxing. Even when chalk painting furniture, there are times when you have to use a primer on dark pieces because many stains will bleed through chalk paint.
One of the top questions we are asked has to do with sealing our furniture projects. People like you want to know, when do you use Polycrylic? When do you use Polyurethane? Or why would I use Wax?
Sealing your project piece will definitely ensure your finish will last for a very long time. Although there are other sealing options, Polycrylic, Polyurethane and Furniture Wax are the most frequently used by most DIYer's.
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Polycrylic is a water based sealer. You can get a variety of finishes with Polycrylic: Matte, Satin or Gloss. It can be applied with a paint or foam brush.
We typically use Polycrylic on Tables, Chairs, Coffee Tables, Console Tables, etc... Anything that will have heavy traffic requires a hard finish. You'll want the paint or stain finish to last a long time. Polycrylic is a staple for my business.
Polyurethane is a harder finish than Polycrylic. It can come with a Satin or Gloss Finish. It can be applied with a paint or foam brush. If you're sealing a large area, you might use a paint roller.
For more durability, you might opt for a Polyurethane finish to your projects. The applications for this product tend to be Hardwood Floors, Table Tops, etc...
allows you to add additional color or depth to your finished painted projects. Clear Wax will easily seal a project. Using Colored Wax, such as Light Antiquing Wax, Dark Antiquing Wax, Black Wax or a different color), Wax offers you an opportunity to add an "antiqued" faux finish to trim, recessed areas or to the overall look of a piece. They can typically be applied with a Brush or Rag.
We love to use Furniture Wax on dressers, side tables, beds, picture frames, small decorative items, etc... It can take some practice, but the finish is definitely worth it.