Tough Coat

How To Apply Tough Coat

Are you worried about the durability of high-traffic furniture? Let us introduce you to Tough Coat!

In this tutorial we’ll show you our tips and tricks on how to seal your table tops for a beautiful and durable finish. If you’d rather watch a video, we also have a video tutorial available towards the bottom of the page!

Step 1) Paint your piece

Tough Coat can be applied to almost any water-based surface, but it’s generally used to seal in the finish of our paint.

It is very important to make sure that you let your last coat of paint dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding with Tough Coat, otherwise you may end up with a streaky finish. If your work space is cold or particularly humid, you’ll definitely want to wait even longer so your paint coats have plenty of time to dry all the way through.

Step 2) Stir the Tough Coat

Tough Coat should never be shaken. If you do shake it, you can incorporate bubbles which may appear on the finish of your piece. We recommend stirring the contents of your jar for about two minutes, an occasionally during application if you’re working on a large piece. You don’t want important ingredients to settle at the bottom!

Step 3) Apply Tough Coat

Using a foam brush, apply Tough Coat in long, smooth strokes in one direction. Tough Coat dries quite quickly, so you’ll want to keep a wet edge and avoid going over the same area twice. If you see a patch you’ve missed, resist the urge to go back and fix it. It’s better to wait until the first coat is fully dry before you do touch ups or you can add texture to the finish.
It is best if the temperature that you are working in doesn’t exceed 70F or 20C. If you find that it dries too quickly, you can thin Tough Coat with up to 5% water.

Please note: NO wax should ever be used underneath Tough Coat.

Step 4) Add a second coat

We recommend using two coats of Tough Coat for optimal protection. Your second coat can be apply after approximately 2 hours.

Step 5) Cleanup

Since Tough Coat is water-based, it can be easily rinsed out of your brush with water and a bit of soap if needed. Your table top will be ready for use in 24 hours, but it’s best to wait about a week before you scrub it down at all. Give it a chance to fully cure before subjecting it to any intense cleaning.

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More tips & tricks

Make sure your paint is completely cured before you apply Tough Coat. Even if your paint feels dry to the touch, it may not be fully cured yet. In ideal circumstances, we recommend waiting at least 24 hours before applying Tough Coat. However, if you’re working in cold temperatures or high humidity, or if you’ve painted several thick paint coats, then it is better to wait longer. If there is any moisture still in your paint, Tough Coat will seal it in and this can cause streaking and discoloration in your finish. If this happens to your piece, you can lightly sand the Tough Coat to remove some of the sheen, apply another coat of paint, and refinish it with Tough Coat.

Test for contaminants. Try applying Tough Coat over top of paint in a few small areas on your piece first. In some rare cases, contaminants on your piece like tannins or nicotine stains can bleed through your paint after you seal it with a clear sealant, like Tough Coat. There are no yellowing ingredients in Tough Coat itself, but it can draw contaminants up through the paint in some extreme cases, even if your original paint coat looked beautiful. You can avoid this by using a stain-blocking primer, such as Shellac, before you paint a dark wood piece or a piece that smells like nicotine. If you didn’t use a stain-blocking primer and this happens to your piece, the best way to fix it is to apply another coat of paint and follow-up with Tough Coat again.

In this video tutorial, company co-founder, Rosanne will show you how to apply Tough Coat to achieve a smooth, beautiful finish that will protect your work against daily traffic.

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