Clear Varnish For Eggshell Paint?

10 Jul 2016
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I built some alcove and painted it with Eggshell paint. I primed the MDF prior to applying 2 coats of the eggshell. I am finding that it’s a dust magnet and I am constantly having to wipe it down and as a result I fear it may degrade the paint. Do you think I could apply a clear varnish to the wood to make it more durable? And if so, what do you recommend? Thanks in advance.


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By the time the paint has ‘degraded’ as you say, the colour scheme will be out of fashion and you or a future owner will be painting it again anyway in a snazzy new colour.

But yes you can just paint over the top in a clear varnish. Any clear varnish will do the job. For indoor furniture I find rust oleum a products reliable.
Farrow and Ball Downpipe will NEVER go out of fashion. How dare you.
I don't understand you concerns. The eggshell should be easy to wipe down. That said, you used a F&B paint, all of their paints are waterbased. The coefficient of friction on WB paints is higher than the oil based equivalents but I wouldn't expect a massive difference with regards to keeping them clean.

Water based paint are far less durable than oil based paints.

My advice would be to get the colour matched in an oil based eggshell but I am not sure that you want to do that.
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It wasn’t F and B I went to my Dulux trade centre and had them colour match it
Look up Rocktop.
Apply that over.

Scuff-x would of been a good product but there are many products you can apply over to make it a harder surface. Try Rocktop
If it is oil based then a light wipe with a cloth should not wear down the finish.

There are products which claim to have antistatic properties, I have no idea if they work or not though.

I think it appropriate to warn you that if you do use a clear varnish, you need to ensure that the area is completely dust free, otherwise fibres etc that are currently on the surfaces will be trapped in the clear varnish. You also need to key the existing paintwork before applying a clear coat, that may end up being visible through the clear coat.

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