When it came to having a water based poly topcoat in our line, I was a really tough sell! I am a huge fan of waxes and oils and I really wasn’t sure I would use a poly product.
After much testing and thinking about how the product would interact with the rest of the line, I decided to add the Tough Coat to the line in 2014.
I used it primarily for sealing old chippy pieces that may be hazardous (due to lead) and as a sealer for pieces that had the “dreaded pink stain” that would seep through fresh paint. It wasn’t my personal top choice for a finish, but I felt like it was still an asset to the line.
Well, all of that has changed with our freshly formulated Tough Coat that was released in March of 2016.
In the Mustard Seed Studio, it’s a bit like “Tough Coat is the new Hemp Oil.” And you know how much I looooove my Hemp Oil! Okay, so Tough Coat is never going to replace the Hemp-Oil-shaped spot in my heart, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite finishes ever.
So, why do I love it so much?
- It has a matte finish, which is very fitting for milk paint and antique pieces.
- You can apply it with a brush, roller or sprayer and get great results no matter how it’s applied. When I used to work with water based poly products, back in the day, I had to spray them to get a nice, smooth finish. A roller, applicator pad or brush would leave application marks. This new Tough Coat can be brushed on and it levels out as it dries.
- Since it has a matte finish, if there are an imperfections in the surface, it doesn’t catch the light and draw attention to it.
- It is fantastic for sealing chippiness to keep it under control or to make it more practical for everyday use.
- It does not yellow whites at all. Hallelujah.
A few tips if you’re applying Tough Coat…
- It is thinner than other poly products I’ve worked with, so if you try to lay it on too thick, it will drip. It’s better to apply two thin coats than one thick one.
- Don’t judge it until it dries. It can look a little streaky/brush-strokey as it’s drying, but it looks velvety smooth once it’s dry.
- Give it 30 days for fully cure. You can use the piece, but be gentle with it!
- It’s a durable finish, but it’s not bulletproof! It’s still a good idea to use trivets for hot dishes, coasters for drinks (or wipe up sitting water), etc. to prevent water and heat marks.
So, if you weren’t in love with Tough Coat before, you should give the new one a try!