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I've redone our kitchen table in a sort of 'cottagey whitewashed' effect and it looks pretty good but I'm sure it needs something to go ontop of the paint to stop food/drink spills soaking into it.

Is there something (wax?) I should be going over the paint before we use it?

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I've redone our kitchen table in a sort of 'cottagey whitewashed' effect and it looks pretty good but I'm sure it needs something to go ontop of the paint to stop food/drink spills soaking into it.

Is there something (wax?) I should be going over the paint before we use it?

ta.

I think a vase with some twigs in should help

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I've redone our kitchen table in a sort of 'cottagey whitewashed' effect and it looks pretty good but I'm sure it needs something to go ontop of the paint to stop food/drink spills soaking into it.

Is there something (wax?) I should be going over the paint before we use it?

ta.

My wife did exactly the same over the summer. Used a diluted clear Yacht varnish I think. Works a treat and looks like new.

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My wife did exactly the same over the summer. Used a diluted clear Yacht varnish I think. Works a treat and looks like new.

What you use depends on the paint to a certain extent. Basically if it is a water based paint use a water based varnish, and oil to oil. Let the paint dry for a long time first. For instance latex water based paint feels dry after a couple of hours, but it can take a couple of months to dry out fully - if you varnish too early you may have adhesion problems down the line.

With regards to the varnish - sand the paint first, then put it on thin with several coats and sanding with increasingly fine paper upto about 320 between coats to get a good finish that isn't plasticy and sticky. Any decent polyurethane should be okay I'd have said (If over paint that is - if not over paint and you want to 'bring the wood out' more, thinner coated and finer sandpaper)

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Clear car lacquer. It should be okay to use. Use fine grit wet and dry on the paint to get a smooth finsh then spray between 2 and 4 coats. For a matt finish leave (providing you didn't mess up the spraying) for a gloss finish leave to cure for a couple of weeks then use really fine wet and dry for a super smooth finish. The stuff is cheap and very hard wearing.

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All it needs is some clear matt (or gloss) varnish. We've done this many times on all sorts of painted surfaces.

Read the tin & get some tough finish stuff & bob's your uncle.

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My wife did exactly the same over the summer. Used a diluted clear Yacht varnish I think. Works a treat and looks like new.

Don't use clear yacht varnish. I painted my yacht with it and it disappeared.

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    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


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