Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How To Finish Your Projects

Don't let the finishing part of a project stop you.  Finishing and sealing your projects is easy once you know what to use.  The easiest way to finish a piece by far.....is by using a polycrylic.  I use the one above and you can find this at any hardware store.  You can use this on chalk paint, stains, acrylics....

Use a foam brush.  Soak your brush and go from left to right - always finishing in one long smooth stroke from left to right. Don't glop it on.  Do one thin coat and don't play around with it.  This sets pretty quickly so don't keep going back and forth and back and forth.  Go back and forth, get good coverage and then do one final stroke and move on.  Do not go back and touch up after the poly has settled.  If you miss a spot - get it on the next coat.

For the tops of your pieces......once you get your first coat on, let it dry.  Come back with 400 grit sandpaper and lightly sand the top (going left to right).  At this point, it won't look good. Don't fret!  The second time you do this, poly and sand, it will look better.  Third time......a charm!   On your third time....do not sand!  Just poly.
I  do three coats on the top of a piece and one for the sides.  I don't sand after my single coat on the sides.  It doesn't need it.

Finishing is easy - once you know how.

Let me know if you have questions.

Paula