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Interior Stains and Clears

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  • 80 Black (Accent)
  • American Walnut (Cabinetry and Floor)
  • OC-57 White Heron (Trim and Ceiling)

Learn more about Interior Stain Types...

Penetrating Stain is a fast drying wood stain for use on all types of new interior wood. Penetrating stains are great for harder woods like oak and are ideal for use on cabinets, woodwork, paneling, doors, furniture and floors.

Wiping Stain is a full bodied, penetrating stain for interior applications. Other wise known as masking stain, wiping stain dries slower, providing color control with a beautiful rich finish. Ideal for use on cabinets, woodwork, paneling, doors, furniture as well as softer woods like pine and poplar...

Gel stain is an easy to use stain that provides deep uniform color to wood, fiberglass, metal, wood veneer and masonite. Gel stain’s full-bodied formula does not drip or run, making it an excellent choice for doors and any difficult to stain surfaces...

Learn more about Clear Finish Sheens...

Flat and Matte Clear finishes seal and protect wood without giving sheen to the surface. Interior Stained wood without a clear finish will dry to a flat finish but will not be colorfast or water resistant. Flats and Mattes are ideal for finishing woods where no gloss is desired...

Satin Clear finishes give a rich soft luster to wood surfaces and reflect more light. Satin finishes are popular for use on wood floors, trim and doors...

Semi Gloss finishes help to protect wood with sheen higher than that of a Satin for more luster and richness on wood surfaces. Semi Gloss finishes make wood floors, stairways and doors beautiful without appearing too shiny...

Gloss finishes are the smoothest and shiniest of the clears and look stunning over all types of wood surfaces. Use Gloss finishes where a mirror like surface is desired...

Learn more about types of Interior Clear Products...

Water-borne urethanes have a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produce a durable surface which is moisture-resistant. These finishes are clear and non-yellowing and are available in different sheen levels. They have almost no odor and dry in about two to three hours.

Shellac produces a very fine, mellow finish, and accentuates the natural grain of the wood. It dries fast and can be recoated after just a few hours. It typically turns to an amber color over time. Shellac tends to be a softer wood finish and is best used on decorative pieces that will see little wear...

Brushing Lacquer is a fast drying clear finish which can be easily repaired and recoated at any time without removing the old finish. Its fast drying formula allows for multiple coat, one-day finishing and is ideal for protecting brass and other metals from oxidation.

Sanding Sealer protects against uneven coloration when staining, fills the pores of the wood to assure a smooth finish as well as providing a durable base on which to apply the final finish. Using a sanding sealer eliminates the fuzz that will develop on all wood when a stain or a clear is applied. Sanding Sealer may be applied to all types of bare or stained woods and can be used under conventional alkyd or polyurethane clear coatings.

Polyurethanes are generally the most common surface finish and are easy to apply. Polyurethanes have a petroleum base with a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produces a durable surface that is moisture-resistant. Available in multiple sheens, polyurethanes can be applied to any type of wood surface.

High Build Epoxies are two component, clear polymer coatings which cure to a clear, high build, glass like finish. This type of product can be used to finish table tops, bar tops and to embed decorative items.

Protective Oil wood products are made from various natural oils. Oils soak into the pores of the wood and seal it from moisture. Oil sealers give woods a pleasant sheen and a hand rubbed appearance. Other oils are for use after applying clears and offer additional surface protection...

Paste Wax gives wood a hand rubbed appearance and is easy to apply, fast drying and easy to repair. Wax is typically applied in thin coats for surface protection after staining or sealing and buffed to the desired sheen.


Seven’s carries stains and clears from a wide variety of manufacturers...


How to Repaint Your Car’s Interior

So you just picked up a used ride that you are excited to cruise with but are embarrassed by the interior. Or maybe you are still having a blast with that '90s JDM-swapped Integra you built a decade ago. Either way, chances are some of the interior parts could use a hug. Touching up interior parts and panels is easier (and cheaper) than you may think. The best part is that all of the supplies can usually be found at your local auto parts store for under $40.

For supplies, all that is required is wet/dry sandpaper, acetone or denatured alcohol, primer and/or adhesion promoter, any color and clear coat


Most of the parts and trim panels in automotive interiors are some form of plastic. Even the chrome, brushed metal and wood-looking parts are usually plastic, just with a plating or applique. There are multiple types of plastics used in cars, and not all plastics take paint or adhesives the same way, if it at all. That's the critical detail.  

On the back of almost every part is a marking that designates the family of plastic the part is made from. Common ones are PP (polypropylene), ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), PPS (Polyphenylene Sulfide), PA (Nylon or Polyamides) and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). There are more, but those are the main ones. For example, Nissan uses PP on over 80 percent of their interiors. The only parts that are ABS are silver, chrome or painted parts.

Plastics do not take paint the same way as metal or fiberglass. Plastics are oil-based, so they tend to need more mechanical bonding rather than chemical bonding. This is why the prep stage is the most important, as each plastic type requires a slightly different approach. 

Here is a simple cheat sheet for the prep of each plastic:

Plastic TypeInstructions
ABS textured:Scuff with 300 grit sandpaper, wipe with acetone
ABS smooth:Scuff with 600 grit, wipe with rubbing alcohol
PVC textured:Scuff with 300 grit, wipe with acetone
PVC smooth:Scuff with 600 grit, wipe with rubbing alcohol
PVC soft (soft, squishy parts like the dash or armrest):Scuff with 400 grit (do not tear the surface), wipe with rubbing alcohol
PA smooth:Scuff with 600 grit, wipe with rubbing alcohol
PP and PPS:Soak with water-based degreaser, scuff with 300 grit, wipe with acetone, wipe with rubbing alcohol

PP and PPS are very oil saturated. They are considered "self-healing" and low friction parts, which is why they are commonly used for door pulls, sill plates and kick plates. They can be tricky to get paint to stick to. Note that even with proper preparation, the paintjob may not last as long as paint on an ABS part. Parts made of PP especially must be heavily scuffed so the paint has more tooth (surface area) to grip on to. 

It is important to note that if a part has been bathed in years of Amour-All, paint may not stick as well (if at all) because that product tends to absorb into the plastic. If the part is shiny, then it isn't clean or scuffed well enough. Acetone will get interior detailers off of the part, but make sure to apply the acetone to the rag, not the part.


A good rule of thumb is to soak the parts in a bucket of dish soap. This helps get off the years of finger grease, fast food grease and whatever else is on the parts. Rinse them and let them dry.

Scuffing the parts is usually the mind-numbingly boring part, but it is a very important step. The goal is to get rid of any shine or gloss in order to promote adhesion. Simply scuff the part until it is dull. Be sure to scuff around the edges and a bit of the underside, then wipe the part down with the recommended solution. When in doubt, wash it with dish soap.


Priming plastic parts is a must. SEM and Dupli-Color both make good primers for plastics. They are typically labeled "Adhesion Promoter." Hold the can about 8-10 inches away and give the parts two wet, even coats. If you get a run in the primer, wait until it is dry, sand it out, then re-prime. Be sure to get primer/promoter on the edges and underside of the part as well.

Note that the color coat needs to be applied within the specified time window. Read the cans!


Dupli-Color has a vast assortment of colors to choose from, most of which that will work over the adhesion promoter. The cool part is that the cans' spray nozzles are user-friendly fan tips, making it super easy to put down even coats. It is good practice to get paint around the edges and to the underside of the part. This helps minimize paint flaking off of the edge. Again, keep the can 8-10 inches away and sweep even coats. Let the paint flash 5-10 minutes and give it one more coat. Avoid putting a lot of paint down, as this can make the finish have less durability and even hurt the adhesion of the paint to the part.


To protect the new paint, the parts should be clear coated. Double check the instructions on the can for the top coat window. It is good practice to lightly wipe the part down with a tack cloth using dabbing motions. As for applying clear, the same rules apply. Keep the can 8-10 inches away and sweep an even two or three coats. Make sure to get clear around the edges and underside. 

Once done, avoid the urge to put your shiny "new" parts back in. Painted parts need to cure. Leave the parts alone for a day or two, preferably in sunlight. After the cure period, carefully put the parts back in. If an edge gets chipped, spray a little bit of color into the can's cap and dab the paint into the chip with a paint brush.

Quick Do's and Don'ts

Do wear powderless latex or vinyl gloves when handling the parts. Plastic parts absorb skin oils very easily and that will cause spots or fisheye.

Do use the same brand and product line throughout the steps. If using Dupli-Color for primer, use Dupli-Color for the color and clear.

Don't paint while it is hot or humid out as the paint may not cure properly.

Do take your time cleaning and sanding.

Don't get discouraged if it didn't turn out right. Nine times out of ten you can just sand everything off and try again.

Do treat the parts as if they are exterior parts (quick detailer).

Don't use Armor-All or similar products on the painted parts.

Do get creative by trying different colors or masking patterns. You are only limited by your imagination.

Interior touch-ups are a fun and inexpensive way to refresh your interior, whether it be for your daily driver or your show car, and the the best part is, it's cheap!

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Does latex paint needs to be coated? Latex paints don’t necessarily need coating; nevertheless, applying a clear coat over your latex paint comes with many benefits. Besides protecting surfaces from damage such as water, alcohol, chipping, or abrasion, it protects latex.

Painted furniture and other surfaces subject to wear and tear, such as tabletops, desks benefit from protective coats such as water-based polycrylic protective finish. The best clear coats meet the industry’s requirement, and they produce lower volatile organic compounds (VOC). They also offer greater elastic bonding capacities.

This article has answered frequently asked questions about coating or sealing your latex paint with the best coat. Here, you will find a step-by-step way to coat over latex paint and how long after painting you can apply polycyclic. You would also get answers to which is better, polycyclic or polyurethane.

Over and above that, you will learn how to achieve smooth latex paint on wood or furniture without bubbles, what kind of brush you should use for polycyclic, and the best clear coat to use over latex paint.

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Minwax 63333444 Polycrylic


Minwax 63486000 Wood Finish Stain Marker for Touch Ups, Cherry
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Minwax 710510000 Helmsman


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Clear-Coat over Latex Paint for Outdoor Use

If you need to coat outdoor furniture, ensure that you go for a compatible coating. You can either go for polycrylic coats or polyurethane coats. Polycrylic is an exact acrylic product with polyurethane resins that protect paints from moisture and duress. This coating adheres best with flat latex paint.

If your outdoor wood is painted with glossy paint, you may have bonding issues. This is because the chemicals used in manufacturing the gloss prevent polycrylic from bonding well. Hence, it is best to use polycrylic coaters with flat paints only. A clear polyurethane clear coat can coat exterior latex paints, thus prolonging the life of the Finish. Water-based polyurethane is most suitable for latex and acrylic painted finishes. Another

Can you put Clear Coat over Latex Paint?

Yes, you can put a clear coat over latex paint. Applying a clear coat over latex paint helps in sealing and protecting the surface area. A clear coat over latex paint also helps to protect the area. It gives your surface an impressive, lustrous, and protective finish. Having known this, your next question should be what kind of clear coat should I use over my latex paint and how do I apply polycrylic without bubbles. You find out in the section below.

What Kind of Clear Coat Should I Use over Latex Paint (Water-based Finish Versus oil-based Finish)

The best clear coat to seal your latex paint is a water-based polycrylic protective finish. This is because a water-based polycrylic Finish does not yellow furniture over time, which is essential for projects with light paints. In choosing the right paint, we recommend using water-based paint, also known as latex paint. They are the most common paint. They to use

How to Coat or Seal over Latex Paint: Simple Guide for DIY

  • Step 1: Remove wall hangings and pictures if you are applying coat on the wall
  • Step 2: Cover floors, furniture, and other surfaces you do not want to ruin with the coat
  • Step 3: Sand latex surfaces using fine-grit sandpaper. Clean surface with a damp cloth to remove sanded particles
  • Step 4: Apply a thin coat of protective clear coat with a synthetic bristle brush. Follow your manufacture’s instruction and allow to dry. The drying time is usually 2 hours.
  • Step 5: Sand surface lightly again. Wipe sanded particles with a clean damp cloth to remove sanding particles
  • Step 6: Apply a second coat of protective clear coat. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions by allowing it to dry for another couple of hours.
  • Step 7: Sand surface again lightly with sandpaper, clean with a damp cloth to remove sanded particles.
  • Step 8: Apply the third coat and allow drying for yet another two hours. Simple right?

How to Apply Polycrylic without Streaks

One important tip you take note of in working with this sealant is not to over-brush. You will know if you have over-brushed as soon as your brush starts to stick instead of gliding effortlessly. Air bubbles will settle as it dries. The best way is to keep moving along rather than going back.

It can also get tacky if you apply too many coats or apply your coats too thick without sanding in between. So when you are coating your furniture over the latex paint, you can coat double for the areas subject to more contact. Sanding between coats and drying time will help to avoid the tacky Finish. Minwax 63333444Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish comes with an Aerosol Spray in Clear Satin, which is excellent for the hardware.

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Choosing the best brush

The better the brush, the better the finishing. When laying a smooth coat of latex paint on your furniture or other things, the brush has a significant impact on how it looks when it dries. This is why picking the right brush is just as important as choosing the best clear coat over latex paint.

Natural bristle brushes swell when they come in contact with water, and as they swell, they lose their shape. So, instead of using a natural bristle brush with your water-based polycrylic protective Finish over a latex coat, you should use a synthetic bristle brush such as Minwax Polycrylic Brush (bottom brush). These brushes do not absorb water, so they don’t lose their shape.

Cleaning this brush is so easy. They get washed with soap and water.

Tip: Once you’re done cleaning, wrap up the damp bristles in a paper towel and then secure them with a rubber band. Hang your brush so the bristles are pointing down, so any remaining stain or Finish drips out before it hardens. Once they are dried, replace your brush with its cupboard sleeve to maintain its shape.

How to Apply Polycrylic without Bubbles

The best way to apply polycrylic without bubbles is to use it in one direction with the grain. One important tip you take note of in working with this sealant is not to over-brush. You will know if you have over-brushed as soon as your brush starts to stick instead of gliding smoothly, and air bubbles will settle as it dries. The best way is to keep moving along rather than going back.

Allow it to dry for at least 2 hours. Then you can sand with sandpaper (220 grit) to give an even finish and firm adhesion of additional coats. Furthermore, don’t apply too many coats. It can get tacky if you use too many coats or apply your coats too thick without sanding in between.

So when you are coating your furniture over the latex paint, you can coat double for the areas subject to more contact. Sanding between coats and leaving 24 hours of drying time will help to avoid the tacky Finish. Minwax 63333444Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish comes with an Aerosol Spray in Clear Satin, which is excellent for the hardware.

1. Minwax 710510000 Water Based Helmsman Spar Urethane

Special Features: Manufacturer: Minwax Co, Inc, Dimension- 9.6 x 6.88 x 7 inches, Weight-1.6 ounces, Color- Clear Semi-Gloss, Material-Water Based, Coverage: Approximately 500 square feet per gallon, UV blockers, Special oils for Temperature Changes, water-based formula of 207 VOC rating

Minwax Water-Based Helmsman Spar Urethane is a water-based crystal clear gloss finish that is particularly formulated as a clear protective finish for woods for interior and exterior purposes. Minwax produced one of the leading brands of interior wood stains in the United States.

The water-based formula contains a 275 VOC rating. It offers protection from sunlight, rain, and moisture, and temperature changes. This crystal clear Finish contains ultraviolet blockers that reduce the sun’s graying and clearing effect over wood surfaces. It also has special oils that permit the Finish to expand and contract with the wood in response to seasonal and temperature change.

With this feature in place, you save your wood from drying, cracking, and deteriorating or swelling if exposed to moisture.
Minwax 710510000 Water Based Helmsman Spar Urethane can be applied on windows, doors, outdoor furniture, kitchen countertops, bar tops, restaurant table tops, bathroom cabinets, etc.

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Minwax 710510000 Water Based Helmsman Spar Urethane, gallon, Semi-Gloss
  • Contains UV blockers to reduce the sun's graying and fading effects
  • Forms a protective barrier against rain and moisture
  • Special oils allow the finish to expand and contract with the wood as seasons and temperatures change
  • Ideal for use on doors, windows, trim, bathroom cabinets, bar tops, kitchen countertops, outdoor furniture
  • Suitable for application on doors, windows, bathroom cabinets, kitchen countertops and outdoor furniture

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It is an excellent product that can be used on corn hole boards as well as cedar planters. It is also formulated such that it is easy to apply with a synthetic bristle or a foam brush to avoid brush marks.


  • Easy to apply
  • Contains UV blockers
  • Special oils for temperature changes
  • Barrier against rain and moisture


  • Only for interior surfaces

2. Minwax 63333444Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish

Special Features: Item Model Number: 63333444, Dimension-4.3×4.9×4.9inches, Weight-2.25pounds, Color- Clear Satin, Material-Water Based, Coverage: Approximately 1.25 sq. ft. per. Quart. Size Name: Quart, Number of Pieces: 1, Interior used only

Minwax 63333444Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish is a crystal clear finish from Minwax manufacturers, America’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care products. This clear Finish is water-based; hence allows it can be cleaned using soap and water. It has some VOC and should be used in a properly ventilated area.

It also has an ultra-fast drying formula that permits you to recoat in another two hours. It is a perfect finish for use over light woods such as maple, ash, birch, and over Minwax Water-Based Wood stains. When used on dining tables, it holds up very well across almost all of the tables, so glasses do not leave rings.

Over and above that, Minwax 63333444Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish has a low odor that permits you to apply to wood surfaces conveniently without having to hold your breath in between. It has a non-yellowing formula; hence it does not give a yellow tint on white surfaces.

Minwax wax-based finish stains and protects the wood. It also prepares, maintains, cleans, and repair the wood it is applied on.
You can use on Minwax water-based polycrylic protective finish over 100% acrylic latex paint as a protective overcoat. It works great and gives a tough, durable finish even after one year.

You can use three coats of paints than 3 coats of polycrylic as a top sealer for cabinetry. Sanding in between coats is crucial because it improves adhesion and removes raised wood surfaces. You can also use it over oil-based paints. In addition to this, this product can be used on unstained woods.

However, you should know that Minwax water-based polycrylic protective Finish is used only on woods. In applying it, you must use it in thin coats first. Recoat in another 2 hours. Then allow the final coat to dry for another 24 hours; after that, clean with soap and water.

Minwax 63486000 Wood Finish Stain Marker for Touch Ups, Cherry
Minwax 63486000 Wood Finish Stain Marker for Touch Ups, Cherry
  • EASY TOUCH-UP – This Minwax Wood Stain Marker is great for quick and easy touch-ups of common nicks and scratches on wood items. It’s also ideal as a stain pen for small hobby and wood craft projects, or to add decorative touches to larger wood projects.
  • VERSATILE – Use these stain pens for wood on furniture, molding, cabinets, doors, floors and other wood surfaces in your home. They’re perfect to keep on hand in your tool box for nicks and scratches.
  • FAST DRYING – It’s easy and quick to use this stain marker: simply apply the stain to the wood and wipe the excess with a cloth. The wood touch up pen is fast drying, so your items are ready for immediate use.
  • CHERRY WOOD STAIN – This natural wood stain provides a beautiful, rich medium cherry color. This warm, light brown colored stain looks great on a variety of projects and types of wood.
  • A BRAND YOU CAN TRUST – Minwax is America’s leading brand of wood finishing and wood care projects. Since 1904, we have been inspiring consumers to Keep on Finishing. We offer consumers a complete line of products to meet every wood finishing need.

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Also, do not apply with a foam roller to avoid bubbles; instead, use a high-quality brush. In some cases, it has been reported that this product does not cure to hard Finish, more like a rubbery plastic that scratches easily. This product is available in gloss, semi-gloss, satin, matte and ultra-flat


  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to apply
  • Durability
  • Sheerness
  • Excellent sealer
  • Great Finish
  • Ultra-fast drying formula
  • Protection for hand-painted woods


  • Harmful vapor
  • Contains lead
  • It does not cure to hard Finish.
  • Finish look “plastic-like.”
  • For use only on wood surfaces
  • Interior use only
  • You cannot apply it over red mahogany stains.

3. Rust-Oleum 1976730 Painter’s Touch Latex

Special Features: Brand Name: Rust-Oleum, Model Name: Rust-Oleum, Dimension:-8.7×5.2×4.4inches, Weight-2.38kg, Color-Flat Black, Material-Water Based, Number of Items: 2, Included Component: Latex Paint, Size: Quart (2 Pack), Capacity: Covers up to 120sq ft., Indoor and Outdoor purposes, Odor-free

Rust-Oleum 1976730 Painters Touch Latex is a water-based acrylic formula that you can use for both indoor and outdoor surfaces. It helps to minimize surface imperfections by providing an excellent base. It is low in odor and gives long-lasting protection to your project. It dries quickly to the touch in 30 minutes, permitting coating.

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Latex is significantly cheaper than buying a quart of other paint. Another added advantage you have when you purchase this product is that you do not have to choose the color and wait to get mixed. It is glossy and dries a lovely black. It also works excellent without primer.

The good thing is that this product can be used on wood, metal, masonry, plastic, or unglazed ceramic. Before applying Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Latex, it is necessary that you sand the surfaces of your project with 180/200 grit sandpaper, wash with a degreaser, and then allow the surface to dry before applying paint.

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It can cover up to 120sq ft. In addition to this, ensure you apply thinly at least 4 coats. Using more may be just too thick, and it may give you a pool on a flat surface and a drip or drag on a vertical surface.


  • Odor-free
  • Fast drying
  • Thick
  • Glossy
  • Suitable for a quick DIY project
  • Easy to apply
  • Super quality
  • Mess-free
  • Cheaper
  • Ideal for wood, metal, and more
  • Covers up to 120sq. ft. capacity
  • Indoor and outdoor durability


  • Small-sized
  • Not flat
  • Not matte
  • Contains lead
  • Maybe unstable
  • Difficult to sand
  • It drips on vertical surfaces.
  • It pools on flat surfaces.
  • Difficult to cover uniformly

4. KILZ Restoration Interior Primer

Special Features: Dimension-, Manufacturer: Masterchem Industries LLC (Drop Ship), Weight- 16 ounces, Size: 1 Gallon, Color- White, Material-Water Based, Surface Recommendation-Metal, For interior Use only, Paint Type: Oil, Enamel, Coverage: Approximately 300-400 sq. ft. per gallon

KILZ Restoration Interior Primer is a new generation water-based primer, sealer, and stain blocker formulated to perform like a traditional oil-based or shellac-based product. It is manufactured to be used as a topcoat with latex or oil based paint on interior surfaces that are adequately prepared. It is used on interior surfaces such as brick, stucco, wood, drywall, ceramic tile, glass, masonry, painted metal, plaster, and other glossy surfaces.

This product is efficient in tackling stubborn heavy water damage stains and other tough stains, including pet stains, permanent marker, crayon, felt pen, graffiti, pencil, grease, rust, tannin, and nicotine, and ink stains. You can use it on the smoke stains in your fireplace as well.

By investing in the product, you can get rid of the strong odors in your home due to fire, smoke, or pets’ urine with its odor-sealing properties. One unique feature about its usage as an odor blocker is that You can use it on subfloors before lying down on carpet or laminate. It is essential for you to know that this primer is not designed for active leaks, however.

KILZ Restoration Interior Primer forms an effective seal for porous surfaces for smooth application of paint. In applying KILZ Restoration Interior Primer, ensure your surfaces are free of dust, chalk grease, mold rust, and peeling paint.

KILZ Restoration Maximum Stain and Odor Blocking Interior Latex Primer/Sealer, White, 1-gallon
KILZ Restoration Maximum Stain and Odor Blocking Interior Latex Primer/Sealer, White, 1-gallon
  • KILZ Restoration (formerly KILZ MAX) is a water-base primer, sealer and stain blocker developed with new technology that is formulated to perform like an oil-based product.
  • It tackles tough stains including medium to heavy water damage, rust, smoke, nicotine, grease, tannin, ink, pencil, felt marker, pet stains and more.
  • Topcoat with latex or oil-based paint. Use on properly prepared interior surfaces, such as: brick, ceramic tile, drywall, glass, masonry, painted metal, plaster, stucco and wood.
  • Use on properly prepared surfaces free of dust, grease, chalk, mold, rust and peeling paint. Mix well before using. Apply with brush, roller or airless sprayer.
  • This is a 1-gallon can of KILZ Restoration Latex Primer, Sealer, and Stain blocker for interior surfaces in white. Covers approximately 300-400 square feet per gallon.

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Ensure that you mix well before using and applying with a brush, roller, or an airless sprayer. This primer dries hard, affording you durability. It is an excellent enamel undercoat. KILZ has an answer to the beauty and air around your home!


  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Dry hard
  • Easy sanding
  • Scent
  • Noninflammable
  • Noncombustible
  • Offers superior adhesion
  • Easy to clean
  • Tackle heavy water stain
  • Tough stain blocker
  • Odor blocker
  • Adhesion
  • Thick
  • Value for money

5. UGL DRYLOK Latex Base Masonry Water-proofer

Special Features: Brand Name: United Gilsonite Laboratories, Manufacturer: Jensen (Home Improvement), Item Model Number: 27613, Item Package Quantity: 1, Dimension- 6.23 x 6.25 x 7.5inches, Weight- 8pounds, Color- Gray, Surface Recommendation:- Masonry, Material- Latex Paint, Indoor use only

UGL DRYLOK Latex Base Masonry Water-proofer is your perfect coat option for sealing or stopping water. If you have an existing masonry leaking or need to protect new construction, investing in UGL Drylok Latex Base Masonry Water-proofer is a great idea! It can withstand 10 pounds of hydrostatic pressure (PSI) which is equivalent to a wall of water of 22 feet high.

This is how UGL Drylock water-proofer works: On application, it binds to the masonry, thereby creating an impenetrable barrier against water, unlike ordinary paint that simply adheres to a surface can be forced off by incoming water pressure or can be chipped off with the fingers.

This coat does not trap moisture in the masonry as it contains a breathable film. It helps to reduce water vapor hence protecting radon gas penetration. It has a low odor formula that complies with all current VOC requirements.

Drylok Latex Base Masonry Waterproofer Latex Interior/Exterior Smooth Finish White 5 Gl 15 Yr Warran
Drylok Latex Base Masonry Waterproofer Latex Interior/Exterior Smooth Finish White 5 Gl 15 Yr Warran
  • Ideal for interior, exterior, above or below grade masonry walls, basement walls, retaining walls, foundations, landscape walls, cinder blocks, concrete blocks, bare concrete swimming pools, stucco and brick
  • Flexible Encapsulated Polymer used for the ultimate in waterproof protection
  • Specially formulated to resist mildew growth on the paint film
  • 3 hour dry time

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UGL DRYLOK Latex Base Masonry Water-proofer should be used on masonry. It is an excellent product for painting basement cinderblocks. However, You can also use it on concrete, indoor wood, and metal. You can paint on top of it after applying it to the concrete block. You can also use it in the exterior coating of DIY Halloween projects.


  • Thick
  • Odor-free
  • Good quality
  • Water-resistant
  • Tackles tough stain
  • Easy to apply with a rough surface roller
  • Great bond

Final Verdict – Best Clear Coat Over Latex Paint

Miniwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish comes up as our best clear coat over latex paint because of some reasons. It is a polycrylic water-based polyurethane coating. If you are looking for the best clear coat that can add beauty to the interiors of your home, this clear coat is the best for you.

Besides being less toxic, it dries fast upon application. Minwax clear coat features good characteristics of the best clear coat over latex. It has a non-yellowing formula that does not permit yellow stains on white surfaces. It also provides strong resistance to dust, dirt, and scratches, and it gives the wood a semi-gloss finish. However, You can only use it for interior purposes.

Minwax Water-Based helmsman Spar Urethane is the second leading clear coat. It is a unique coat for both exterior and interior use. It has ultraviolet blockers that offer resistance to sunlight. When used over latex paint, it forms a barrier against rain and moisture. It also comes with special oils that allow it to expand and contract, responding to temperature changes.

KILZ Restoration Interior Primer follows suit. It is manufactured mainly to be used as a topcoat with latex or oil based paint. It is a water-based primer, sealer, and stain blocker. It forms a sufficient coat for porous surfaces to facilitate the smooth application of latex paint. It is also widely known for blocking the most stubborn stains from rust, graffiti, etc. It gets rid of annoying, disgusting, and pungent odors from pets’ urine. It is used for interior purposes.

UGL DRYLOK Latex Base Masonry Water-Proofer stands as the fourth. It is a water-based waterproof latex paint perfect for both exteriors, interior, above and below grade, basement, foundation, landscape, and retaining walls. It affords you waterproof protection for up to 10 years and can withstand 10 pounds of hydrostatic pressure.

It is tint-able that is available in white colors plus three ready-mixed colors. It can create custom colors with a 2 oz alkali-proof universal colorant per gallon. It can also serve as a topcoat for different paints, including latex paint.

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Latex takes the fifth position. Although it is a water-based finish, it may sometimes be unstable. It contains lead and may cause drips or pools on the surfaces it is applied on. However, Rust-Oleum finish covers and defends surface areas from climate, and it works great without primer. It is a clear coat for interior and exterior uses. Investing in it will not be a bad idea after all!

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How to Add a Wet Effect to Walls With Glossy Paint

Test Paint Colors

To achieve the wet look effect, dark paint colors work best. Pick up several test size paint containers in different tints and shades of the same hue from the local home improvement store, then apply all colors near a window. Depending on how the colors read based on lighting, choose the best fit for your space.

Remove Furniture & Fixtures

Since the wet look effect is achieved through a sprayed application, it's important to remove all furniture and fixtures from the space to protect them from overspray. Remove furniture, flat panel TVs, drapery hardware and lighting fixtures before starting paint preparation.

Remove & Tape Off Outlet Covers

Remove switch plates and outlet covers, then wrap any permanent covers such as phone jack plates or cable plates with painter's tape. Once all outlet covers are removed or protected, use painter's plastic and painter's tape to mask off any doors that lead to other interior areas of the home.

Protect Moldings, Baseboards & Floors

There are two ways to approach the wet look effect in regard to moldings and baseboards: minimizing their presence by spraying them the same color and finish as the walls, or making them prominent by keeping them as is. When moldings are basic contractor-grade, it's best to spray them the same color and finish as the walls to minimize their presence. Spaces with custom high-end moldings are usually a better fit for taping off so that the custom work remains a key feature of the decor. Mask off any moldings or baseboards by cutting craft paper to size, fitting it over the surface, then securing in place with painter's tape. Next, protect floors and windows by masking them off with painter's plastic and painter's tape.

Apply Base Coat to Ceiling

If the intended look involves adding a wet look to the ceiling in addition to the walls, it's important to spray the ceiling first. When walls are painted before the ceiling, overspray markings can occur. Following manufacturer instructions, load an HVLP paint sprayer until the tip puts out a fine mist of paint. Keeping the tip 8" from the ceiling surface, stand on a ladder and apply a base coat to ceiling, moving back and forth in a slow, controlled manner. For best coverage, start in one corner of the ceiling and work your way from one side of the room to the other in full runs, overlapping each run slightly.

Apply Base Coat to Concentrated Wall Areas

The best way to avoid overspray markings and/or paint drips is to spray the walls in concentrated sections. If a room has portions of walls that are separated with trim and molding, start there, then work your way into larger, more expansive wall surfaces. Keeping the sprayer tip 8" from the surface of the walls, apply a base coat, moving back and forth in a slow, controlled manner.

Apply Base Coat to Full Walls

Once smaller portions are covered with a base coat, use the HVLP paint sprayer to cover larger, more expansive walls. To avoid overspray markings, start in one corner, then make your way left and right in 4- to 6-foot sections, starting low, then working upward. After several sections are complete, step back and assess the wall to make sure it's properly covered. If there are any gaps in the sprayed paint, the walls may require a second base coat before the clear coat can be applied.

Apply Clear Coat

The wet look is achieved by spraying a clear coat of gloss over the base coat. To do that, empty the base coat paint from the HVLP paint sprayer in a well-ventilated outdoor area. Once all paint is flushed out with water (follow manufacturer instructions for proper cleaning and loading), load clear coat into paint sprayer until tip puts out a fine mist. Starting with the ceiling, apply the clear coat by beginning in one corner, then making your way from one side of the room to the other, slightly overlapping each run. Next, apply clear coat to walls by starting in one corner, then making your way left and right in 4- to 6-foot sections, starting low, then working upward.

Remove Tape & Craft Paper

Once clear coat is dry to the touch, remove the painter's tape and craft paper slowly, ensuring no tears in the clear coat occur. Next, remove all painter's tape and plastic from windows and floor as well as outlet covers. Replace all fixtures and switch plates.

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The Right Paint Finish Can Actually Help Your Home Look Cleaner—Here's How

As if choosing the right paint colors isn't hard enough, home updaters must also consider the different types of paint finishes, which are hugely important to the final look of a newly painted space. If you have children and pets at home or host often, certain paint finishes can be a magnet for all of the dirt, debris, and scuff marks that are bound to happen. Some of these finishes are also easier to clean than others.

Just as certain paint colors can make your home look dirtier and different paint brands offer varying color quality and durability, certain paint finishes can ruin the spotless (or close to it) look of your home, while others can actually help your home look cleaner. Picking the right paint finish could mean the difference between daily cleaning stress and a cleaner-looking home with less effort.

Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors says the general rule of thumb when selecting a paint finish is that the higher the gloss (or shine), the greater the durability and the easier it is to clean. However, the glossier the paint, the more likely it is to show dirt. This ultimately means that different surfaces in the home and different rooms should have different paint finishes—high-gloss paint finishes might do best (and look cleanest) in low-traffic spaces.

The key to choosing the right paint finish is really more about finding a balance between aesthetic, durability, and cleanability than anything else. Here are the paint finishes you'll want to avoid (and choose) for an easier-to-clean home, according to top interior designers.

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High-gloss finish

According to Alexis Rodgers of Home with Alexis, high-gloss paint is high-maintenance. "For paint finishes, a high-gloss finish will not be forgiving to things like nail pops (which can happen over time, especially if you have a lot of art or even shelving installed on the walls), cracks (which are inevitable when a home settles), or where a painter may have made a mistake (drips, spills, roller marks, etc.)."

If that glossy wall you painted a year or two ago starts to chip or peel, it can put you in a precarious position. Lisa Rickert, CEO and Creative Director of Jolie Home, says, "Glossy finishes show any and all imperfections on a wall and [are] nearly impossible to touch up without repainting the entire surface." So, any area of your home that will get a lot of wear-and-tear is not ideal for a high-gloss finish.

On the other hand, there are rooms where a high-gloss finish can keep the space looking clean. Maureen Stevens of Maureen Stevens Design recommends a high-gloss finish where you want a high-impact look, such as on doors. "Or perhaps even a hallway or a special room in your home," she says.

The benefit of high-gloss paint is that it reflects light really well, so it may be best to consider for windowless or low-light spaces, such as bathrooms, powder rooms, or even home offices.

Glossy finish

A glossy paint finish looks great in rooms such as kitchens, especially for people who cook a lot. This is because food spills, oil splatters, etc. will wipe off glossy paint far more easily than it will with other paint finishes. It just takes a sponge or rag, and everything should come off the wall without leaving a stain.

Semi-gloss finish

Semi-gloss paint is slightly glossy, but it doesn't reflect too much light. Lester likes using semi-gloss paint on any wall paneling or area that sees a good amount of wear-and-tear. "Our in-house standard when designing a home is to use a semi-gloss for baseboards, door casing, and doors," she says. This paint finish is just glossy enough to make it easy to wipe clean, yet it won't look too shiny.

Satin finish

Satin finish paint tends to have a velvety quality. This finish needs to be applied very carefully because it can reveal flaws and brushstrokes, making touchups a challenge. Satin finish is also very easy to clean, though, which makes it a popular choice for children's rooms, foyers, and high-traffic hallways.

Eggshell finish

Eggshell has just a touch of gloss to it. Rodgers says, "An eggshell finish has a little bit of sheen to it (like an eggshell does), and while it's nice if you want a little more light reflection, it's harder to touch-up."

Tammy Price of Fragments Identity says eggshell is her preferred finish for all walls. "It is the easiest paint to wipe clean and is great for all areas of the home, including bathrooms and kitchens," she says. "I only use a gloss or semi-gloss paint on base, case, trim, and cabinetry."

Matte finish

Rickert says that a matte finish product (think chalk paint) can hide imperfections of texture and brushstroke. It can even be used to create a suede effect with darker hues. If the wall gets dirty or needs a touchup, you can easily apply more paint. "Personally, for large walls, I prefer a matte finish on the walls to contrast with a satin sheen on millwork and doors. It creates dimension and depth to vertical surfaces," she says.

The downside, according to Stevens, is that matte paint is harder to clean than glossy paint is. So, for example, if you have matte finish walls in your dining room and you accidentally drop a plate of food or spill a glass of wine, it's very important to take care of the mess right away. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to clean the walls; cleaning matte finish paint quickly and thoroughly can save you the trouble of figuring out how to paint a room all over again.

Flat finish

Flat finish is a type of matte-finish paint that does not have any gloss. "A matte finish is almost a flat finish, but more solid and forgiving," Lester says. The designer says application is key. "When applied correctly, it is durable and it cleans up nicely."

Lester says that a flat (or matte) finish tends to be the best selection for drywall walls and ceilings. This is because those areas tend to get so much light reflection that there is really no need to use a more reflective glossy paint finish. "To achieve a perfect matte finish on the walls and ceilings, I turn to a flat finish," she says. "Flat finishes provide a uniform matte look, so furniture, fabric, and accessories can pop. They also offer the most coverage because they have the most pigment—just remember that all matte finishes are not the same."

Stevens likes to use flat-finish paint on ceilings because it can hide imperfections. She explains that flat finish paint rarely shows dirt, which is helpful for difficult-to-clean ceilings.


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