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Offline koenbro

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Clearcoat over newspaper
« on: January 24, 2020, 07:30 PM »
Not a Festool project but I hope you can help me. My wife wants to refresh some standard 4-drawer sheet metal file cabinets by gluing newspaper clippings (that form a collage) on it. What clear coat should she apply over it? I have General Finishes wood urethanes, both water and oil soluble, will those work? Thank you all.
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Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Clearcoat over newspaper
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2020, 08:38 PM »
No clue.

I would try differnt finishes, I'd be more worried about how they'll affect the ink than the paper.


Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Clearcoat over newspaper
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2020, 09:05 AM »
Use spray varnish - the kind they sell in spraycans at art supply stores & is used to fix charcoal and pastel drawings. Once you have some coverage (multiple thin layers) you can switch to another finish, eg urethane or spar. Don’t forget to use a black backing paper to prevent 'see through'.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Clearcoat over newspaper
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2020, 12:56 PM »
Clear (de-waxed) shellac would probably work too, either brush on or spray and it dries pretty fast.
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Offline Dane

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Re: Clearcoat over newspaper
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2020, 05:35 PM »
I’d use ModPodge, which is made for that sort of thing and will seal the ink.  Then lay a clear poly on top to prevent yellowing.