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Old 11-26-2009, 12:24 AM   #1
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Hi, i am working on something at the moment. I was just wondering: When i go to paint my thing which is made out of wood by the way, how do you make the painted wood look shiny or glossy?

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How shiny/glossy? How big is what you are building? Are you planning to use water based or oil based paints? Do you have the choice where you live?

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Transparent sort of shiny/gloss. I am painting something small and using waterbased paint.
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Did you prime first? What have you put on so far and do you have time to let it dry? Is this a school project?

If it is small and you primed the wood, and you put nice artist color over the primer, you should be able to seal it fairly soon with a clear coat.

If you used household paint, you will have to wait a bit for it to cure before you mess around too much.

If your wooden thing is portable, you can always do what I used to do when once an aspiring industrial designer (and still do now when I need a high gloss finish). Sneak the thing off to the auto body shop nearest you and have them clear coat the thing with as many layers as you think you need.

The guys/gals can usually be bribed with a few $$ to do this while they are working something else, especially if it is small. In my opinion, next to the crazy people who spray expoxies, car and boat people still deliver the highest gloss finishes on the planet.
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It's actually a home project and i am using household paint. I think it is small enough to be portable.
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If you have used household paint, like a semi-gloss? You should let it cure for 30 days or so. If this does not dry to enough gloss? Try putting on a coat of acrylic polyurethane. If you did not prime the wood? I hope you do not need this finish to last long.

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