Topcoat for longevity

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The Couture Topcoat is a water based which provides durability. It can be applied to most interior painted or glazed surfaces, including Paint Couture, Glaze Couture, Chalk and Milk Paints.  Our Topcoat provides a beautiful finish to furniture and cabinets and is a non yellowing sealant.

prep for success

Be sure the painted surface to be topcoated has dried at least 4 hours before applying the Couture Topcoat.

If the surface is glazed wait 24 hours or until the glaze is dry.

For increased smoothness, if desired, use 400 grit sandpaper on your painted work prior to starting; wipe off the dust with a damp cloth and let the surface dry.

It is not recommended for bare metal surfaces.

Warning: failure to properly prep some wooden surfaces may result in a discoloration of the topcoat, especially noticeable on light paint colors. Certain wood species (for example: Oak, Cherry, and Mahogany) have tannins that can leach from the wood to the surface causing a yellowing or brownish look. It is NOT the topcoat yellowing. This yellowing or brownish look problem can happen with Varnish, Lacquer, and many topcoat products. These products while curing, dry from within and have a tenacity to pull out the tannin material. Proper prep can eliminate this problem. Please note many primers and primer bonders sold do NOT have the ability to halt the bleed thru from tannins. Use two coats of a Stain Blocking Primer waiting 30 minutes between coats prior to painting your first coat of paint.


There are four sheens of our Topcoat, and the Dead Flat Sheen is the easiest to apply followed by Flat, Satin then Semi Gloss.  Topcoat provides durability and we recommend two thin coats to achieve a professional finish.

Topcoat will look milky as you use it, but within minutes it will become clear as it dries.  The topcoat lays flat, you do not need to over work the surface area.

Apply the 1st coat of topcoat THINLY with a foam brush, brush, roller or with a lambs wool applicator.  On large areas you may want to use a spray applicator such as an airless sprayer.

The room temperature should be between (60-80 F) with humidity lower than 75%. DO NOT USE AT TEMPERATURES UNDER 50 DEGREES OR OVER 90 DEGREES.

Topcoat will dry to the touch in 1 hour and will achieve total hardness (cured) after 28 days.

Two coats are best for best durability and even results.  Allow the first coat to dry 4 hours, then lightly sand out brush marks with 400 grit sandpaper.  Lightly sanding between coats is recommended.

Clean up tools with warm, soapy water.

a few tips!

Do not use topcoat out of the can, pour off into a paint tray or container

Stir completely, DO NOT SHAKE

Never apply in direct sunlight or near air movement

Apply thinly

We highly recommend a quality foam brush to apply the topcoat

If using a brush, a soft synthetic brush works best.  Make sure it is dedicated to topcoat only and do not use brushes or rollers that have been used with paint

In addition a lambs wool applicator is great to use for large flat areas

Use the proper applicator based on the size of the piece

Do not overwork the material as you apply

If you choose to roll it on, use a velour roller with 1/4 ” nap

Most noteworthy, is Couture Topcoat sprays beautifully and it is easily sprayed with little to no thinning with water


How do Couture Topcoats compare to other Varnishes, Topcoats, and Polyurethanes?

Couture Topcoat is a water based, acrylic, non-yellowing, clear topcoat. Couture Topcoat provides the extra durability for the high traffic surfaces like kitchen and bath cabinets, table surfaces, doors, and seating. It is very easy for anyone to apply; it can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. It has all of the beauty and durability of varnish or polyurethanes at a very low cost. It has little to no odor, and is low in VOC content. It does not produce gas bubbles as it dries, and it does not yellow with age, like so many other topcoats and poly’s.

Can Couture Topcoat be used on top of Chalk or Milk Paints?

In most cases, Yes, with fantastic results! You should test applying Couture Topcoat on the paint to be sure it will perform and dry completely. Some Chalk like paints hold a lot of moisture and this can cause Couture Topcoat to remain tacky for a longer time period. One coat of Couture Topcoat will give you the look of a professional wax job with three coats of wax. With this product you simply brush or roll it on and it will lay down flat and turn clear. A great no fuss product, and it has super durability and stain resistance. When dry, it is very hard and very scratch resistance.

Can Couture Topcoat be be Sprayed?

Yes, Couture Topcoat may be sprayed as is or you can tint with 10% of your paint color. 

Is there any odor to Couture Topcoat?

While so many Topcoat products have a very unpleasant odor, Couture Topcoat has little to no smell.

How many coats are required?

Here is the answer.

What do I use for clean up and to clean brushes?

Just warm water and soap will clean up all of the Couture products.