Friday, January 1, 2016

How To Finish Painted Table Tops - Tough Coat Tutorial

I'm going to show you the best way to finish table tops so they can stand up to a lot of daily usage, so stay tuned So for this tutorial we're going to be using Country Chic Paint's Tough Coat. We have a 16 ounce and a four ounce size, as well as a foam brush and a stir stick. So the product I recommend using to finish table tops is Tough Coat. This top coat is extremely durable and dries to a very hard finish making it unlike any other top coat on the market One of the things that I like about it is that it doesn't stay tacky for a longtime. Because it dries very quickly it means that less dust can settle into your finish as it's drying. Even though it cures very quickly I would stiller commend if you're doing a kitchen table for example, I would still wait a week or so before actually scrubbing your table. 

You can still use it after 24 hours or so but don't scrub it until it has had a chance to cure for about a week or so. Tough Coat is eco-friendly so cleanup is a breeze You can simply use soap and water to clean your brushes. Before painting with Tough Coat you want to make sure you stir it really well. The last thing you want to do is shake your can because that will incorporate bubbles into your product and dust into your finish so you're just gonna use a clean stir stick and stir it very well so that it's mixed well together. It is very important that your piece has had a chance to cure for at least 24 hours before you put on Tough Coat.  Do not put it on any sooner than that. 

You also want to make sure that temperature you're working in doesn't exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius otherwise you'll find that your finish dries too quickly I'm going to use a foam brush to apply Tough Coat on my table top in long strokes I'm not going to put a lot of pressure on the brush as this might make it foamy and bubbly. As you can see I'm going in one direction and I'm keeping a wet edge You definitely want to avoid going back and forth over a section when it has started to dry already. Tough Coat dries really quickly so you want to avoid doing that If you go back over it and it has already started to tack up it will ruin your finish For tabletops I recommend painting two coats of Tough Coat for the best protection of your piece.  If you notice that you've missed a spot don't worry about it. You'll cover that part when you do your second coat. 

Don't try to go and fix it as you go Please keep in mind that you cannot put Tough Coat over top of wax because the wax has oil in it so you won't be able to put Tough Coat over top. Tough Coat is water-based so water doesn't stick to oil.  If you want to apply Tough Coat over a previously waxed surface you'll want to make sure you remove the wax first I'd recommend using rubbing alcohol to remove the wax.  Do not try and sand it while the wax is still on it because you're actually going to push the wax further into the finish, so that the last thing you want to do. If you were planning on using antiquing wax to create an antique affect on your piece, instead I would suggest using Country Chic Paint's glaze. We have several different colors to choose from as well as a clear glaze so you can tint your own in whatever call you wish because the glaze is water-based, you can put Tough Coat over top of the glaze then you can still get antique look you're after Thank you so much for watching this tutorial. I hope you learned something about finishing table tops. 

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