How To Finish Painted Table Tops | Varnish / Tough Coat Tutorial


Hi there, it’s Rosanne here from
Country Chic Paint. Today I’m going to show you the best way to finish table
tops so they can stand up to a lot of daily usage, so stay tuned So for this tutorial we’re going to be using Country Chic Paint’s Tough Coat. We have a
16 ounce and a four ounce size, as well as a foam brush and a stir stick. So the
product I recommend using to finish table tops is Tough Coat. This top coat
is extremely durable and dries to a very hard finish making it unlike any
other top coat on the market One of the things that I like about it
is that it doesn’t stay tacky for a long time. Because it dries very quickly it means
that less dust can settle into your finish as it’s drying. Even though it
cures very quickly I would still recommend if you’re doing a kitchen
table for example, I would still wait a week or so before actually scrubbing
your table. You can still use it after 24 hours or so but don’t scrub it until it
has had a chance to cure for about a week or so. Tough Coat is eco-friendly so
cleanup is a breeze You can simply use soap and water to
clean your brushes. Before painting with Tough Coat you want to make sure you
stir it really well. The last thing you want to do is shake your can because
that will incorporate bubbles into your product and dust into your finish so
you’re just gonna use a clean stir stick and stir it very well so that it’s
mixed well together. It is very important that your piece has had a
chance to cure for at least 24 hours before you put on Tough Coat. Do not put
it on any sooner than that. You also want to make sure that temperature you’re
working in doesn’t exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius
otherwise you’ll find that your finish dries too quickly I’m going to use a foam brush to apply
Tough Coat on my table top in long strokes I’m not going to put a lot of
pressure on the brush as this might make it foamy and bubbly. As you can see I’m
going in one direction and I’m keeping a wet edge You definitely want to avoid going back and
forth over a section when it has started to dry already. Tough Coat dries really
quickly so you want to avoid doing that If you go back over it and it has already
started to tack up it will ruin your finish For tabletops I recommend
painting two coats of Tough Coat for the best protection of your piece. If you
notice that you’ve missed a spot don’t worry about it. You’ll cover that part when you
do your second coat. Don’t try to go and fix it as you go Please keep in mind that you cannot put Tough
Coat over top of wax because the wax has oil in it so you won’t be able to put
Tough Coat over top. Tough Coat is water-based so water doesn’t stick to oil. If you
want to apply Tough Coat over a previously waxed surface you’ll want to
make sure you remove the wax first I’d recommend using rubbing alcohol to
remove the wax. Do not try and sand it while the wax is still on it because you’re
actually going to push the wax further into the finish, so that the last thing you
want to do. If you were planning on using antiquing wax to create an antique
affect on your piece, instead I would suggest using Country Chic Paint’s glaze. We have
several different colors to choose from as well as a clear glaze so you can tint
your own in whatever call you wish because the glaze is water-based, you can put Tough Coat over top of the glaze then you can still get antique look you’re
after Thank you so much for watching this
tutorial. I hope you learned something about finishing table tops. If you’re
interested in learning more about our products come and visit our website
countrychicpaint.com. There’s more tutorials on the website as well, and of
course you can subscribe to our YouTube channel for new and upcoming videos. If
you have any questions feel free to get in touch were always happy to help you
with any questions you may have So thanks for watching and happy painting!

13 thoughts on “How To Finish Painted Table Tops | Varnish / Tough Coat Tutorial

  1. Would love to win. I have a table I'm going to redo for my kitchen and this is just what I need. Thanks for the tutorial

  2. i have a question… would the order be paint, wax then the tough coat or would it be paint, glaze then tough coat, or paint, tough coat and then glaze and then again a tough coat? when would we want to use wax on a peice?

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