Home » Painted Furniture » Apply Polyacrylic Clear Sealer Using A Paint Sprayer

Apply Polyacrylic Clear Sealer Using A Paint Sprayer

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

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.

furniture before project makeover Petticoat Junktion

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 Very drab and out of date for sure.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.

pink paint project and favorite Purdy paint brushes Petticoat Junktion

I decided to use Behr paint in Diva Glam for the makeover. The paint was left over from an earlier project.

chandelier stencil Petticoat Junktion

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.

Rustoleum spray paint for furniture hardware Petticoat Junktion

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.

HomeRight paint sprayer for applying clear sealer Petticoat Junktion project

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.

fuchsia furniture with black stenciled accents Petticoat Junktion

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

apply clear paint sealer with a paint sprayer Petticoat Junktion

Find my stenciling tricks here..Special Stencil Technique Layering Paint Colors

Prime and paint furniture with a paint sprayer
Prime and paint furniture with a paint sprayer

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

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
 | Website

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Such great tips!! A sprayer can make it so much easier and finished quicker, too! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  2. That turned out gorgeous. I gotta get me one of those sprayers. I’m sure it looks better than using a brush. Very clever.

  3. Kathy, thanks for the info, I wasn’t sure of the results I would get using poly acrylic in my sprayer and your article really helped me complete my project! linking your post on my site for the Coral Branch Dresser project for my readers. Love the blog facelift by the way nice job!

  4. I’m impressed with the beautiful job HomeRight Max achieves. I’ve been begging my hubby for a sprayer (for the longest) maybe I’ll be lucky? One can dream ?

  5. Would love to win the HomeRight Finish Max as I have lots of projects! I just gave myself the HomeRight Spray Tent for my birthday with the Painter’s Pyramids so I’d be ready to go!!! Thanks Kathy

  6. What a darling dresser! How creative and a great way to use your HomeRight Paint Sprayer. So glad I saw your giveaway, my husband and I were discussing buying a paint sprayer just this afternoon!

  7. Love the dresser. Would be so cute in any little girl’s room. My gds are really into princesses this year. Would love to have a HomeRight Paint Sprayer to do one for them along with several other projects I have lined up.

  8. What a cute piece!! I have had the hardest time trying to seal a kitchen table. I hate the brush marks it leaves. This would awesome!!

  9. Doesn’t the paint sprayer work wonders for clear coat Kathy! I use the HomeRight sprayer to seal all my pieces where I’ve used polyacrylic or tough coat. Works like a charm!
    Love the bright glam girl paint on this piece too. Is this for your granddaughter?

  10. I love the bright pink. The piece turned out great and love the paint sprayer. I would do so much more pieces with that sprayer.

  11. I love that you chose bright pink! All the way around fun project! And I’ve been eyeing a sprayer. I spend so much time trying sealing all my DIY projects and this seems like it would be quick and look great!

  12. Jamie, You enter by clicking the Rafflecopter not the text that says HomeRight Finish Max. Thanks

  13. I’m trying to enter the giveaway and the link takes me to Amazon to buy the product. Help and thanks

  14. Same here…maybe I misunderstood, were we allowed to enter each day? Wouldn’t your entry count change each day? I’m really grateful to have a shot at this, but it leads you to think that you have only entered once.

  15. I did not have to enter any email. I just clicked enter and then when I clicked on the box with 3 lines in it at top right, it showed I had an entry! Viola!

  16. Hi, I checked the entries and you are entered for the giveaway. If you are already logged in to something,( don’t know how they figure that out) then you don’t need to enter your email address they already know who you are.

  17. same problem as tracey, can’t get through to the pages needed to register. I get your emails, listed my email with my name and nothing.

    thanks much
    k terry

  18. I love the dresser and would love to get my hands on that sprayer! Thanks for the chance to win one.

  19. I tried to enter for the sprayer… wouldn’t permit me to enter my email address. Tried clicking the enter button to see if it would advance the page to where I COULD put in my email… didn’t work. Told me to enter again tomorrow. 🙁