Wood Clear Coats
A clear coat is used to protect a painted, stained or natural finish. Clear coats include varnish, shellac, lacquer, urethane, water-repellent, sealer and epoxy. Clear finishes should not be stirred or shaken which would create air bubbles in the finish.
· A urethane-based clear coat that can be used in place of oil varnishes. *will dry faster than other varnishes but is not absorbed as well.
· This creates a shell-like coating on top of the finish
· Fast drying and versatile,
· Shellac can be used as a clear coat finish as well as a primer/sealer.
· An oil-based varnish used for exterior and marine surfaces because it is highly resistant to water penetration.
· Used to coat all types of surfaces to protect them.
· There are a number of varnishes made for different uses.
· Used to seal wood and masonry surfaces.
Different types of finishes:
1. Satin - The Satin finish is a matte finish and the easiest to maintain. Because it has a low sheen, it is very forgiving insofar as showing scratches, dents, and wear and tear over time.
2. Semi-Gloss - The Semi Gloss finish has some shine and is a little harder to maintain in that it will show scratches, dents and wear and tear sooner.
3. High-Gloss - The High Gloss finish is the hardest to maintain in that it shows everything - dust, dirt, scratches, dents, and wear and tear in general the quickest