I know it’s kind of hard to tell in this picture but the white was turning YELLOW right before my eyes. I couldn’t believe it, all my hard work getting this table to this point for it to be ruin with the swipe of a brush AND THE WRONG PRODUCT!
Here are the products that I used to fix my mistake:
- Klean Strip Premium Stripper (I have also used this stripper too. I like both of them but this stripper is less toxic 🙂
- Minwax Polyacrylic Water Base
- Wooster Pro Classic Brush The brush is SUPER important because the bristles are made of nylon and that works the best for the polycrylic formaula. If you use a regular paint brush it will bubble and be a mess.
- 3M General Purpose Adhesive spray
Stripping a piece can be a hassle but in a weird way I like doing it! I love that smooth clean finish to start with. Slather the stripper over your paint and wait 30 minutes. Make sure you wear your gloves so you don’t burn yourself. Then start scrapping away!
Here’s a great tip: if you are wanting a design on your piece, use spray adhesive on your stencil and then lay it down where you want it. It won’t budge while you paint but lifts off really easily. Then it’s time to protect your piece of furniture. Just so you don’t make the same mistake that I made make sure that your top coat is WATER BASE if you are using it on top of a white LATEX paint. Mike recommended Minwax POLYCRYLIC protective finish. I found the finish to be flawless. Remember if you are sealing a piece of furniture you want the finish to be SATIN. Not to matte but not a shiny glossy finish.
So the lesson I learned the hard way is use a WATER BASE protective product on WHITE paint. DO NOT use an OIL BASE. Hopefully this will help someone not make the same mistake as I did.