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Old 10-25-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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I am a new crafter, just trying to do fun stuff with my kids, I am really not savvy with the terms and materials etc so please keep replies as though you might be answering a child! lol I am the mom of this operation but it's totally uncharted territory for me! We painted some wood boards for a craft. The boards I got at Home Depo in the fence section (no idea the wood type - fence wood?) see -this is the skill level I have that you are dealing with here folks! We painted the boards with a crafting acrylic paint I think it has some latex in it. Anyhow, what I am wondering is how do I shine it up and clear coat it? I heard about using school glue mixed with water (please don't laugh.. ) Think 2 and 4 year olds painting. Would this glue and water mix be the right thing to use for them to do it themselves? how would I mix the ratio? or would it be best if mommy got something a bit more pro and did the sealing herself after bedtime? If that's the case what would I use?

We made the "growth charts" from pinterest that look like big rulers to measure the kids up against... so I would like to have them last as long as possible, and have the finish in a state that we can easily write markings of their growth without it rubbing off or anything....

ohhhhhh I hope someone can help I have read through the other posts and there are some knowledgeable folks in here! Thanks!

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Long lasting and kid safe aren't likely to be synonymous. Homes are painted to last a long time so duplicating the products would be the best bet for longevity. Wood needs to be primed to last, I wouldn't want kids to do that aspect of it. You might consider some pre-primed Hardiplank boards. Even so, I am not sure the latex would be safe for kids that young. It's probably going to end up in some little digestive tracts.

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There are paints available that are "skin-safe". You see kids painted up all the time for football games so I know this type of paint is around and my kids used to buy it. I can't think of brand names or anything like that right now, but, I know it's out there and would be appropriate for what you are doing.
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If I am reading this right you have already painted the boards and just want a clear coat to preserve them and be able to mark their growth on them. The clear coat part is easy but one you can mark on and the marl will stay is challenge. The best I can come up with at the moment is a couple more coats of paint and then use a magic marker, maybe someone else can come up with something better.
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yes that right, we have already painted the boards, we were not opposed to priming them then re-painting if needed though

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