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FAQs

General FAQ

What should I use to clean my piece before painting it? 

Try cleaning your pieces without traditional chemical cleaners and opt for soap and water or warm moist rags. Artisan Enhancements products are truly "green" and no VOC, so cleaning with harsh chemicals can alter their appearance and can effect dry times.
What is a paint medium?
The term medium is typically used to describe either a product added to paint as a binding agent or a product added to paint to change the consistency/properties of the paint.
What does the term "VOC" mean?
Simply explained, products with low or zero VOC, emit less or no toxic gases, fumes, and odors.
As defined by the US EPA: "Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects."

Clear Topcoat Sealer FAQ

Can you apply Clear Topcoat Sealer over wax?

Yes, you can apply it over wax (or under) or both. Your wax needs to be wiped back fully and allowed to cure a little before applying Clear Topcoat Sealer. We recommend only only one very thin layer.

How long after you've waxed a piece do you have to wait before applying your Clear Topcoat Sealer?

24 hours is optimal is you have properly wiped your wax back after application.

Is Clear Topcoat Sealer exterior grade? 

Yes. It is a durable, exterior grade penetrating sealer. We recommend a two coat minimum for exterior use.

How long does it take Clear Topcoat Sealer to dry?

Dry time is approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on weather. Make sure the sealer is applied thinly for optimal dry time.

Can you sand Clear Topcoat Sealer? Clear Finish?

Clear Topcoat Sealer is considered a sand-able sealer, between applications (due to being penetrable and matte). Clear Finish is an acrylic and not intended to be sanded, however, if you need to remove it from a surface you can sand it back.

When should I use Clear Topcoat Sealer? 

Clear Topcoat Sealer is an exterior grade, NO VOC, penetrating, soy oil based sealer that can be used to seal surfaces prior to painting or for sealing afterwards (or both). It has a creamy color (no oils are truly clear before they dry) and dries clear with a matte finish.

What should I use to apply Clear Finish and Clear Topcoat Sealer? 

We recommend Artisan Enhancements Topcoat Brush for the most optimal result. It is designed with a combination of natural and synthetic bristles and a flat edge for a smooth finish. If you don't have one of our brushes use a flat edge synthetic bristle brush, but apply a very small amount to the brush (most brushes tend to grab too much product).

Clear Finish FAQ

How long does it take Clear Finish to dry? 

Dry time is approx. 30 minutes. Make sure the sealer is applied thinly for optimal dry time.

Can you apply Clear Finish over wax? 

No

Can you sand Clear Topcoat Sealer? Clear Finish?

Clear Topcoat Sealer is considered a sand-able sealer, between applications (due to being penetrable and matte). Clear Finish is an acrylic and not intended to be sanded, however, if you need to remove it from a surface you can sand it back.

When should I use Clear Finish? 

Clear Finish is a water based, NO VOC, acrylic varnish intended for interior use. It dries clear with a satin to glossy finish and a silky feel (sheen level depends on how many layers you apply). We recommend it over cabinets, foils, your white paints or anything you want to have a higher sheen level.

What should I use to apply Clear Finish and Clear Topcoat Sealer? 

We recommend Artisan Enhancements Topcoat Brush for the most optimal result. It is designed with a combination of natural and synthetic bristles and a flat edge for a smooth finish. If you don't have one of our brushes use a flat edge synthetic bristle brush, but apply a very small amount to the brush (most brushes tend to grab too much product).

Pearl Plaster FAQ

Can you use wax over Pearl Plaster?

Yes. You can wax over any Artisan Enhancements product except Clear Finish.