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Thread: Help With Finish for Sewing Cabinet

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Help With Finish for Sewing Cabinet

    Making a sewing cabinet for my daughter. She wants to use TransFast dye. We made a batch to her liking but now Iím wondering about the topcoat. I have a Fuji Q4 and like spraying water-based finishes and worried now if the topcoat will draw out the dye?

    I see some put the dye right into the topcoat but I donít think this will look as good as stain with a clear topcoat?

    I read someone had success by applying a very thin first coat on clear water-based finish.

    Is there a sealer or something I can apply before my water-based topcoat or should I look into oil based finishes?

    I have used Target Coatings finishes but please suggest your favorites - looking for a durable satin finish.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Brewster, New York
    You could spray a light coat of dewaxed shellac to act as a barrier coat, or a coat of Target's water based shellac. I do it all the time to keep my eyes from migrating into my topcoats. I also like the color it adds. As with any finishing schedule, test on some scrap pieces first.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    A sprayed water borne finish, especially if you do your first one or two applications relatively thin isn't going to cause issue with your dye, IMHO. But I personally do what Robert suggests which is to do a thin barrier coat of de-waxed shellac to both seal in the color and also "warm things up" a little since most (but not all) water borne finishes tend to be "colder" in color characteristics.

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