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Forum topic by dansnow posted 07-31-2013 09:59 PM 1569 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2013 09:59 PM

Howdy everyone. I need some advice. I recently started a very small home business making wooden toys and gifts.
About 90% of my stuff has been stained and finished with either urethane or clear lacquer. But I’ve been getting requests for things to be painted, and here in lies the problem.

What sort of paint can I use that will actually dry to the touch to be handled without having to wait a week or more? I’ve tried the Valspar from Lowes, and several different types of rustoleum. All gloss paints remain tacky for a very long time. the only ones that seem to dry to the touch in a reasonable time are the matte finish paints.

I really could use some advice, thanks

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 12:16 AM

I use flat interior latex/acrylic (Behr Ultra) topped with clear waterborne poly or solvent lacquer.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 01:01 AM

I used sherwinn williams high gloss enamel on my last project and it was dry in less than 24 hours. No tackiness, but this was an outdoor paint so Im not sure it is what you are looking for.

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 02:14 AM

Depending on the client base and the type of toys and gifts have you considered milk paint?

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 02:26 AM

Good ideas folks, thanks, I’ll definitely check them out.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 02:37 AM

paint can? do you mean can of paint or a spray? If spray then maybe its too thick. If your brushing then maybe you should try spraying?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 02:40 AM

I’ve been using rattle cans, two to three coats with more than an hour between coats.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 02:41 AM

You are painting toys and selling them? There are regulations concerning this that has stopped a lot of us from even making toys, let alone putting any kind of finish on them.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 02:46 AM

never mind

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#9 posted 08-01-2013 02:47 AM


-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#10 posted 08-01-2013 03:05 AM

Being that you make toys, you need to be aware of lead content, and that your paint whatever it may be, is safe for children. There are some very strict regulations to this regard, but maybe try some form of acrylic? I dunno, if that would be child safe though.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#11 posted 08-01-2013 03:10 AM

Sorry folks, did my research I was just looking for suggestions on paints that will dry completely without that “tacky” feeling. Final decision on whether or not to use them would be mine.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#12 posted 08-01-2013 03:36 AM

I’ve had trouble with Valspar enamel taking forever to dry. Suggest Sherwin Williams. At least at a SW store you have a reasonable chance of talking to somebody that is knowledgeable.

-- Joe

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#13 posted 08-01-2013 04:08 AM

If your using rattle cans those are usually lacquer and is so thin that it takes many coats to get any coverage that may be the reason it is drying so slow. Now my wife paints art work on gourds, which would be similar to toys. She gets acrylic paint at Wal-Mart in small bottles very reasonable and a great selection of colors which would also be good for toys. Acrylic paint when dry is child safe, then if you want a high gloss finish she goes over the acrylic with clear high gloss polyacrylic paint which is also water based, both paints dry very fast, and you will get a very high gloss finish.

-- Tom D

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