Did you know you can apply polyacrylic clear sealer using a paint sprayer? Yes! There are some projects that require a sealer or a polyacrylic clear coat for protection and I always hate using a paint brush because of the brush marks. Spraying polyacrylic is so easy to do. If you have ever asked the question “Can I apply polyacrylic with a paint sprayer? I have the answer for you.
Apply Polycrylic Clear Sealer Using A Paint Sprayer
I finally finished the pink piece I started earlier this month and I used the easy paint sprayer method to seal the paint. This is my pink beauty with a stenciled chandelier design. Stenciling is a great way to add pizazz to furniture. I don’t do the decorative painting because I don’t have that skill but I’m a pro at stenciling.
The chest started out like this. Very drab and out of date for sure. I modernized it with plain wood knobs instead of the old pulls.
I decided to use Behr paint in Diva Glam for the makeover. The paint was left over from an earlier project.
As soon as the paint was dry I taped the chandelier stencil to the chest and used black paint to stencil the design. I waited until the black paint was dry then highlighted the stencil with silver metallic paint…..very lightly. Adding the other color to the stencil design keeps the look from being flat.
You may have noticed the hardware in the before photo. I decided to change hardware so I filled holes and drilled holes for the new hardware. I spray painted the knobs a gloss black. The bold pink/fuchsia called for bold color contrast.
Polyacrylic Sealer Application Using Paint Sprayer
After all the painting and stenciling were done I applied a clear polyacrylic sealer. The Diva Glam paint was a flat finish and I wanted the piece to have a lot of shine. This is the first time I used my HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer to apply a clear sealer. It worked like a charm. No brush strokes, no runs.
My sealer choice for this project was Minwax Polyacrylic gloss. I poured the sealer into the paint sprayer and started spraying. There is no need to thin the polyacrylic. I wouldn’t even consider it. The sealer is thin to begin with.
I applied two light coats of sealer using the paint sprayer and moved it back and forth with steady even movements starting at the top of the chest and going down to the bottom. I let the first coat dry for an hour before applying the second coat of sealer.
If you are not familiar with your paint sprayer or this is the first time you have used a sprayer I would recommend reading the booklet focusing on how to set the amount of spray coming from the tip. Spray a board or two first or more until you get the flow just right.
The black knobs and stenciled chandelier really pop against the bright pink. I like contrast or either no contrast. Paint the knobs the same color as the furniture or go bold. That’s just my preference.
update 2019: See my latest video using a brand new and more powerful HomeRight sprayer below….
Prime And Paint Metal Using A Paint Sprayer
Find my stenciling tricks here..Special Stencil Technique Layering Paint Colors
Prime and paint furniture with a paint sprayer too. See the glider project here….Prime And Paint Metal Furniture Using A Paint Sprayer + Video
See ya’ll tomorrow, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com