Clear Coat Painting Instructions
- 1). Prepare the surface of the project using the manufacturer's instructions. Preparation steps can include sanding or scuffing the surface, wiping the surface with a lint-free cloth or allowing previous coats of paint to dry. When sanding between coats, use sandpaper with a 600-1,200 grit. Wood surfaces should be cured to lower the moisture content.
- 2). Vacuum the work area to remove debris and dirt. Even small particles will adhere to the painted surface and mar the finished product. Use baby wipes or a similar wet wipe to wipe down the work surface. Place fans or open windows in the work area to aid air circulation and increase ventilation.
- 3). Prepare the clear coat using the manufacturer's instructions. Clear coat shouldn't be used directly from the can; transfer it to a different container. Clear coat should be stirred rather than shaken to prevent bubbles and an uneven finish.
- 4). Apply clear coat with a premium, bristle paintbrush. Cheaper brushes are known to leave bristles behind. Brush the clear coat on, brushing in the same direction each time. Avoid pooling and puddling by working with even amounts of clear coat and blending painted sections. Allow the first coat to dry to touch and apply a second coat.