Clear Topcoat Sealer is a soya oil based, non-yellowing alkyd, penetrating sealer. Clear Topcoat Sealer has a creamy color due to the natural soy base, but dries clear. Clear Topcoat Sealer is sandable, exterior grade, and has a matte sheen. Once fully cured, Clear Topcoat Sealer is water-resistant. Clear Topcoat sealer is ideal for almost all paint colors and stains, but not ideal with pure white paints with no pigment (read below for recommendations). *Antique whites/old white/off white/ivories/creams have pigment.
Recommended Use: Clear Topcoat Sealer is a highly versatile product and can be used as a primer basecoat or topcoat on most surfaces. Clear Topcoat Sealer is formulated for application on indoor or outdoor surfaces that require either primer, protective coating/seal, or both. Clear Topcoat Sealer can be used in lieu of shellac, varnish, and waxes to protect or seal surfaces. Clear Topcoat Sealer can be used on a variety of surfaces including: furniture, cabinetry, floors, wood, stone, plaster, and concrete.
The term “penetrating sealer” means the natural oils of the sealer actually penetrate deep below the painted/stained surface creating a durable bond between paint/stain and sealer. Since the sealer will re-wet or activate anything below the painted or stained surface (sometimes invisible to the naked eye), make sure the surface is clean and thoroughly dry before beginning application of Clear Topcoat Sealer. When in doubt, do a sample test area or a test piece before beginning the project.
If there is a concern that the surface may not be clean enough or will be susceptible to bleeds use Clear Topcoat Sealer to prep the surface prior to painting. Use Clear Topcoat Sealer to seal porous or prime surfaces prior to painting. To create a clean barrier before painting, use Clear Topcoat Sealer to help block odors (such as “musty” smells and smoke). When using Clear Topcoat Sealer as an alternative to shellac or as a clear primer to seal on old furniture, raw wood, or concrete – we recommend using two thin coats for a full coverage seal.
We do not recommend using Clear Topcoat Sealer on white paints with little or no pigment. When true pure “whites” are clear coated with oil based products they can occasionally take on a yellow or brown hue after drying. If this happens, it is not the Clear Topcoat Sealer turning yellow or brown, it is something being lifted from beneath the surface. For optimal results, we recommend applying a thin undercoat of Clear Topcoat Sealer before painting to avoid bleeds. Paint the surface as desired. Allow the painted surface to dry overnight. Then seal pure and bright white painted finishes with Clear Finish by Artisan Enhancements®.
Clear Topcoat Sealer is formulated to be used as a basecoat or topcoat when waxing painted surfaces. Clear Topcoat Sealer can be used as a clear barrier layer before dark waxing. Clear Topcoat Sealer can be used as a 2nd or 3rd layer of protection over waxed finishes on high use surfaces such as dining tables and cabinets.
Clear Topcoat Sealer is an all natural oil based penetrating sealer. It is not recommended to be used over chemical based cleaners, paint thinners, or mineral spirits. After chemicals or mineral spirits are used to clean the surface, all residue of the chemical or mineral spirits must wiped back thoroughly and allowed to “off gas” (usually takes 24 -36 hours). To remove residual traces of chemicals or mineral spirits, we recommend wiping down any surface that has been cleaned with chemicals or mineral spirits with warm water. Allow the surface to dry for a minimum of 24 hours before using Clear Topcoat Sealer. Just remember natural products DO NOT mix with chemical products.
If working on a surface that will not be painted, make sure the surface has been cleaned with a mild soap and water to remove any residue, dirt, or chemicals before sealing. On painted surfaces, make sure the surface is cleaned and sealed before painting to avoid any unwanted bleeding or reaction. Allow the surface to fully dry after cleaning or painting. Stir Clear Topcoat Sealer thoroughly before each application. Using the 45MM Topcoat Brush by Artisan Enhancements®, a smooth foam roller, sprayer, or a quality flat edge varnish brush – apply 1 very THIN coat. The coats should look “wet” not “milky”. If the layer of Clear Topcoat Sealer looks milky, too much product has been applied. If this happens, “off-load” excess sealer from the tool and attempt to lightly distribute excess product on the surface with the tool (working the excess sealer into unsealed areas of surface). Allow the first coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer to fully dry before applying a very thin 2nd coat. For optimal results let the first coat dry for 24 hours before applying second coat. The sealed surface should be fully dry to touch after 12 hours depending on the moisture in the environment. Allow surface to cure a minimum of 48-72 hours before use.
Sealing Waxed Surfaces: When using Clear Topcoat Sealer over wax, make sure the layer of wax is thoroughly buffed and all excess wax is removed. Allow the waxed surface to cure at least 24 hours before proceeding with the application of Clear Topcoat Sealer. If after the 24 hours the waxed surface is still very “sticky”, there still may be too much wax remaining on the surface. Allow an additional 12-24 hours for wax to cure depending on the thickness of the wax. Apply one thin layer of Clear Topcoat Sealer over wax. The sealed surface should be fully dry to touch after 12 hours depending on the moisture in the environment and the amount of wax being sealed. Allow surface to cure a minimum of 48-72 hours before use.
Note: Using Clear Topcoat Sealer over Mineral Spirit + Dark Wax Glazes is NOT ideal. Mineral spirits act as a solvent to break down oils, this attribute allows mineral spirits to be used as a oil paint thinner and degreaser. Waxes and Clear Topcoat Sealer are oil based products. When adding mineral spirit to dark wax, the solids begin to thin and break down. By thinning the wax, keep in mind some of the protective qualities are also being broken down in the process. Mixing mineral spirits with wax might diminish the durability of waxes depending on the ratio of wax to mineral spirits. Clear Topcoat Sealer is also oil based and natural, therefore, the use of mineral spirits interferers with the bonding properties of Clear Topcoat Sealer.
If sealing a Mineral Spirit + Dark Wax glazed finish is desired, the mineral spirits portion of the mixture must be allowed to off-gas and dissipate thoroughly before sealing with Clear Topcoat Sealer. Depending on the amount of mineral spirits and brand used, the off-gas process can take between 24 – 48 hours. Once the glaze mixture has fully off-gassed, seal the surface using the steps provided for sealing over waxed surfaces.
Helpful Hints- Why does the surface sealed with Clear Topcoat Sealer still feel “moist” or “tacky” after 24 hours?
If the sealed surface does not dry quickly one of the following reasons could be the cause:
-The coats of Clear Topcoat Sealer were not thin enough and too much product has been applied. This is a common issue usually stemming from the incorrect tool or not off-loading excess product from the tool before applying the sealer to the surface. If too much Clear Topcoat Sealer was used – extend the dry and cure time until surface no longer feels moist or tacky.
– Chemical solvent or mineral spirits are interfering with the dry and cure times. A chemical interference could be a cleaning product or a heavy varnish that is on the surface prior to sealing. For the best results, clean the surface completely with a mild soap and water to remove any residue or chemicals prior to sealing an unpainted surface or before painting. If the reaction has already occurred, allow the piece to dry for additional 24 – 48 hours. If after 72 hours the surface is still moist or tacky, try sanding back down to the original surface to expose the trapped chemical layer. Clean with mild soap and warm water. Allow the surface to fully dry overnight. Repaint if necessary. Allow paint to fully dry overnight. Seal the repainted surface with two thin coats of Clear Topcoat Sealer. Allow the first coat of Clear Topcoat Sealer to fully dry before applying a very thin 2nd coat. For optimal results, allow the first coat of sealer to dry for 24 hours before applying the second coat. The sealed surface is dry to the touch in approximately 24-36 hours depending on moisture in environment. Allow resealed surface to cure a minimum of 48-72 hours before use.
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Clean Up & Product Storage:
Easy clean up with soap and water. Seal the container tightly. Do not let freeze or expose to direct sunlight/extreme heat. Do not apply product when air and surface temperatures are below 50°F (10°C).