I recently tried out Pureshield Protect, a new acrylic clear-coat product from PureColor. To cut to the chase: I was blown away. I've used acrylic (often known as water-based) finishes for years, and I've tried all of the manufacturers that I could get my hands on. But none have performed this well. Here's what I liked about it:
1) The product itself is much thicker than any other products in its class- this allowed me to apply 2 coats and achieve a level of finish that felt more substantial than 4 coats of other products.
2) The finish self-leveled really smoothly. I couldn't get brush marks to show up, even when I tried.
3) The build quality of the finish feels great- this is hard to describe, but it feels thick and waxy, without looking like a layer of plastic on top of the wood.
|As you can see from the picture at the top of this post, the product comes in a box-|
well, in a bag inside of a box- and you just pour it into a container and brush it on.
|As with any finish, I suggest making a sample to see how the finish will look on|
your project. I hadn't expected the color to pop so much in this old, reclaimed
wood, but I loved it. I scuff-sanded the piece with 220grit paper between coats.
|Here's the before photo: the reclaimed wood in this|
bench was kind of cool, but it looked dirty and
dingy and the colors were pretty lifeless.
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