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Old 09-11-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hi everyone new to forum here.

I just built a desk out of MDF board, primed it and painted it.

Problem is, I used a flat style paint for the top coat of the desk and now every time I put a glass down I get a small temporary water ring and the paint can scratch very easily.

It was dumb to use a flat paint, and I know now that a high gloss would've been much better for a desk and it would be much more resilient to water spills, scratches etc...

Is there anything I can do beside repainting it with a high gloss paint, I don't want to have to buy another quart of paint... Is there any type of clear coat or something I could paint over it to protect it?

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Old 09-11-2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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sure, you can spend twice as much on a quart of Polycrylic or three times as much for a piece of tempered glass to put on top.

dont be cheap and spend the $10 for the correct material

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sure, you can spend twice as much on a quart of Polycrylic or three times as much for a piece of tempered glass to put on top.

dont be cheap and spend the $10 for the correct material
Glass isnt any option considering I have a bridge (a shelf about 6inches up to raise my computer monitor and speakers).

What do you think is the cheapest way.

Is there such thing as like a clear coat of paint?

sorry for being a ceapo, I'm in college!
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:51 PM   #4
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cheapest way is to buy a quart of semigloss or gloss paint

Polycrylic is a semigloss or gloss clear coat you can put over paint after it has dried for 30 days. it is typically used to seal stain.
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cheapest way is to buy a quart of semigloss or gloss paint

Polycrylic is a semigloss or gloss clear coat you can put over paint after it has dried for 30 days. it is typically used to seal stain.
Okay Ill probably just have to buy another quart but this time be it glossy.

Also one more question...

What are other ways people top their desks besides painting, when using MDF board? Could you apply a cheap wood veneer?
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Old 09-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #6
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I would say use a laminate like Formica. that will cost you $100 plus for a sheet and you need a laminate trimmer to finish the edges. you put it on with contact cement.
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i just painted an old used desk with white eggshell latex paint. i had the same issue, i wanted to protect it from scratches. i was going to use a polyurethane meant for wood, but they are a bit yellow and would discolour the desk.

i ended up using a spray on lacquer and that seems to be holding up nicely.


i would suggest waiting a few weeks for the paint to cure, then spray, then wait another week or two for the clear coat to cure and not be tacky. thats what i did.

the higher gloss paint may work, but you still may want to protect it even after you put that on. give a lacquer a try.
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I actually have a spray on lacquer, but from what I can remember it doesnt leave a nice smooth surface...?
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could be. i painted latex with a roller so my surface wasn't smooth to begin with.
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Hey Bades, lacquer is nice b/c it's cheap, but keep in mind it isn't as resilient to scratching as a polyurethane. Although you can't use a traditional polyurethane b/c it's oil-based and your paint is "water-based" (acrylic-latex), you can use the Polycrylic Nav suggested. It also comes in a can and is about $10, but if you still have your heart on a lacquer use Deft Lacquer in a semi gloss, it holds up a bit better than the Rustoleum version. Hope this helps!

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