Quick Answer: Can you use clear varnish for decoupage?

What do you seal decoupage with?

To preserve the job, particularly if you expect the object to get wet, it’s wise to seal it using either varnish or polyurethane. Before you do so, gently buff the decoupaged surface with steel wool, then clean it with a damp cloth. Once it has dried, proceed to apply the sealer.

Can you seal decoupage with polyurethane?

Coats of polyurethane make a sturdy, waterproof finish, so you can decoupage practically anything — tabletops, trays, and bathroom or closet walls. Even old briefcases and refrigerators are decoupage candidates these days.

How do I get a smooth finish on decoupage?

You can get a smooth finish on your Decoupage by either using a sponge brush to carefully apply your Sealant or you can use a very fine Sandpaper and wet sand the surface of your Sealant after it has dried to make the finish extremely smooth.

Can I use any varnish for decoupage?

Yes that right, you can decoupage anything, all you need it the right varnish or sealer to make it waterproof.

What varnish is waterproof?

To waterproof wood that will be placed outdoors, choose marine varnish, which contains UV absorbers to resist sun damage. For interior use on end tables and coffee tables, spar varnish is a good choice to resist pesky cup rings. Clean brushes with turpentine or mineral spirits.

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