What's Clear-Coat Gloss?

After you sand and stain any wood item, or in some instances, complete the finish work on an art piece, the final stage of the process involves covering the item with a clear-coat merchandise to protect it. These products can be found in acrylics, varnishes, lacquers or urethanes. The type of finish is defined by its luster, gloss for high sheen, or a matte finish to get a reduced or satin-type sheen.

Clear-Coat Finishes

Referred to as a glaze or topcoat, the type of material selected for the item being insured depends upon its usage. For example, polyurethane is a gloss or high-gloss clear-coat finish that covers wood floors to protect them from damage. Acrylic clear-coat gloss sprays are used on craft objects, such as coasters or other painted or stained surfaces. Clear-coat gloss products generate a glass-like, reflective surface atop the product covered.

Finish Forms

Clear-coat finish products provide multiple sheen kinds such as high gloss, gloss, semi-gloss, satin and matte. Each finish presents another shine on the surface of the item covered. High gloss offers the most shine, whilst matte or satin finishes provide a low reflective quality to your covered product. The finish type selected is a matter of personal preference; whereas, the sort of finish is contingent on the protection needed.

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