I wish to apply a hard-wearing protective coat over a white base coat.
In the past I have used polyurethane gloss but this gives a distinct
yellow cast to the white colour.
I want the finish to be hard, glossy, chip-proof, child friendly and,
above all, as close to transparent as possible so that the surface
Any suggestions please?
Ronseal and others do clear water based acrylics. This seems to stay
clear under even UV. I'd try one of theirs. It ISN'T as tough as
Why not go to a two pack white marine epoxy paint? If white is what you
An excellent suggestion. Although single pot types are also tough enough for
this job, and a fair bit cheaper. The punishment my boat takes really shows
in the varnish, but the paint does not discolour, chip or peel. It only gets
gouged when dragged about due to the relatively soft surface of the
This type of paint is very glossy.
Clear acrylics are soft, with virtually no resistance to mechanical wear and
tear. There are hard acrylics but they need high temperatures during the
application and drying to achieve clarity, so they're pretty much restricted
to professional finishing setups.
As a replacement for polyurethane, Rustins Liquid Plastic or their 2 pack
floor varnish are both rock hard and water clear.
I seem to remember that the instructions for Rustins state that you
can only apply it to the bare wood. It might work over the white base
coat just as well, though.
One other suggestion is something like Chestnut acrylic lacquer, it's
supposed to be nearly as hard as AC lacquer. Would probably need a sealer
coat between it and the white base.
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