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I am definitely a novice at this thing. But this is my 3rd piece I have painted with Rustoleum chalk paint, and this is the first time I have had any issues.

I was given an antique dresser with lots of really cool detail on the front. It had been painted a color that did not go with my decor at all. I stripped it, which included picking gunk out of little grooves with a toothpick. I got all the paint off but didn’t bother removing all of the stain.

5 coats of paint later, and the stain was bleeding through the paint. So I think I should have used something to seal it before painting?

I finally got it all covered, and used the same Polycrylic I used on my other pieces I had painted to seal it. It turned a nasty yellow color. I sanded it the best I could, given all of the detail on the front.

I keep reading that I should have used a primer first. What could I do to save this? I would love to not have to strip it again.
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