Polyurethane versus polyacrylic.

Apr 24th, 2010

I get a lot of questions about this, and I have an amazing friend who builds furniture like it is going out of style. I am AMAZED at her S.K.I.L.L.S. Anyway, she just left me a comment on my Painting 101 post, and I thought it was a great enough tip that I added it right into the Painting 101 post.

I’ll also share the tip in this post for those of you who may have already visited the painting 101 post prior to today.

Below is her advice:

“Just a tip for your painting section… and using Polyurethane, you said that you don’t use it very often. Neither do I, but if i do need to seal up a piece of furniture (like my bar stools, that have glaze on them, it rubs off when they are wiped down over time or when they get heavy use) I like to use Polyacrylic. It is not as temperamental. Polyacrylic will not bubble, you do not have to prepare your brush with mineral spirits as you do with Polyurethane. It also does not turn yellow like polyurethane does, and it does not put off an odor like polyurethane, its great, and dries fast!” -Tami

So there you have it. If you need to seal a project. Especially those that get a lot of wear and tear, Tami, my friend who has furnished her entire house single-handedly, is definitely trustworthy on this subject. 

THANK YOU TAMI for the tip!

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