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#1 posted 01-09-2019 09:04 AM

All brands of finish are not equal. I’ve found staying with a make generally works well. Like just use General Finishes for both paint, and topcoat. You can follow their application tree, and generally do quite well.

In a general sense, Latex wall paints are engineered for a different purpose than wood finishes. Walls generally experience less wear and tear than horizontal surfaces, so they are manufactured without the resin systems that make furniture paint more durable.

General finishes makes “furniture paint” as do a few others.

2 things about finishes in general are pretty hard and fast rules for me.

First before laying on a different finish, make sure the first type of finish is well dried. Because you will often get your best result by scuffing up the first surface, so the second coating will adhere. You can only know if this is true by following as below.

Second, and probably more importantly, ALWAYS do test samples of ANY finish you plan to do. Just don’t slop it on a piece of plywood, but use scrap from the project, and prep it just like you prepped the project itself. This act will keep you from bungling up something you spent hours on, not to mention the cost of materials.

Also know one of the biggest finishing problems isn’t actually the finishing itself, but the prep you’ve done prior to finishing.

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