Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat SealerArtisan Enhancements
Clear Topcoat Sealer by Artisan Enhancements® is an exterior grade, soya based, no VOC, non-yellowing alkyd penetrating sandable sealer that is formulated for clarity with a matte sheen. Clear Topcoat is water resistant (once cured). It dries to a clear finish, although it is naturally a creamy colour to begin, due to its natural soy base. It helps protect your painted, plastered and stained surfaces. Clear Topcoat Sealer is a highly versatile product which works well over or under most paints.
Clear Topcoat is formulated for application on surfaces that need a protective coating or seal. It is recommended for use on wood, plaster and concrete surfaces. Because it is an oil based and all natural penetrating sealer it is not recommended to be used over chemical based cleaners and mineral spirits unless they have been thoroughly wiped back and allowed to “off gas” (usually takes 24 hours). Oil based penetrating sealers rewet whatever is underneath your paint. Make sure you are working on a clean and thoroughly dry surface before beginning (if concerned try a test spot).
Stir thoroughly before application. Apply 2 very thin coats using a brush, roller or sprayer and allow product to dry before reapplication (make sure the first coat is dry before you apply the second coat). Topcoat dries to the touch very quickly (approx. 45 minutes). For optimal results let each layer dry for 24 hours before applying second coat. If your surface does not dry quickly that means too much product has been applied or a chemical is interfering. A chemical interference could be a cleaning product or a heavy varnish that is on the surface you are sealing. For optimal results working with a natural product line like Artisan Enhancements wipe your surface down completely with soap and water to remove any residue or chemicals before you start painting.
Tip: If painting over old furniture, raw wood or concrete use Clear Topcoat Sealer before painting if you are not waxing. 2 coats are recommended to help seal surface thoroughly and eliminate bleed through. Clear Topcoat Sealer can also be used over or under your waxed surfaces. If using over wax, make sure you thoroughly wipe back your wax and let cure at least 24 hours before applying sealer. Only use a very thin layer of Clear Topcoat Sealer and apply with a high quality brush.
Caution: We recommend testing a spot if using Clear Topcoat Sealer with white paint. When “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. To avoid, seal your piece first with Clear Topcoat Sealer to create a barrier before painting or use Artisan Enhancements Clear Finish (a natural acrylic).
Do not let freeze or expose to direct sunlight or extreme heat. Do not apply product when air and surface temperatures are below 50°F.