Should i clear coat?


#1

So I’m in the painting stage and i’ve pretty much finished the base coat. I’m using a flat black and am very satisfied with the matte finish. At this point should clear finish be required at this point? If i apply clear coat it’ll go glossy, but i want to keep the matte finish.

What route should i go short of buying a whole new can of satin clear coat?


#2

Just go get that whole new can.
Clear finish is to protect what is under it.

You could try the clear finish you have.
I did that on flat white,
it did not get shiny at all.
However maybe you do not want to take the change to
sand everything again and start over.


#3

Try spraying 3 or 4 layers of clear to build up the finish. Then when its completely dry, use a high grit (800, 1000) wet sandpaper to take down the gloss. You’ll still have the clear layers to protect the finish but you’ll have a dull/low gloss finish.

Maybe try it out on some scrap wood first to see if you’ll like it.


#4

Seconding what Takahashi said: get the new can. A quart should be more than enough, it’s no more than like $8 at any hardware store, and it’s gonna be a lot easier than sanding stuff down.


#5

You could try something like Testor’s Dullcote for a flat finish over the gloss varnish. That way you get the finish you want and the protection of a gloss varnish.


#6

I’ll apply one layer of the clear i currently have and see what happens, if it goes glossy, I’ll sand the surface and get another can.


#7

I once sprayed an electric guitar matt black, it lasted for years of abuse.

I think it really depends of the preparation of the surface before painting.