American Paint Company offers different types of sealers, depending on the look and durability you are trying to achieve with your project.  For help deciding which sealer is the best one to choose for your project, click here.

clear wax

Clear Vintage Antiquing Wax

Clear Wax Instructions for Use:

Clear Wax should be applied in a thin, even coat with a brush or lint-free cloth.  Wipe away excess.  The surface should then be thoroughly buffed with a dry cloth or buffing brush after 2-4 hours.  For an even harder finish, the wax can be rebuffed 2-4 days after the initial buffing.  This product requires several weeks to fully cure.  Freshly waxed surfaces should be kept free of moisture and heavy use traffic for 1 week minimum.


Tinted Wax:  White, Dark or Black Wax Instructions for Use:

Apply sparingly with a soft brush or lint free cloth.  This can either be applied on top of clear wax or by itself. Remove any excess.  Leave more wax in the areas that you want the deeper pigmentation.  Remove all wax from areas that you do not want an aged appearance.  Allow to rest several minutes, before wiping away all excess.  Apply a second coat if needed for deeper color.  Do not over saturate your wood with the wax.  Build color slowly. Use only a soft cloth to buff.  For a harder finish, apply a coat of the Clear Wax several days after the application of the Dark Wax.  Dark Wax and all pigmented waxes take practice.   Always work on a sample board prior to first use. If you use the tinted wax (white, dark, black) and you have used too much or the finish is too pigmented and not the look you are going for, you can use the clear antiquing wax as an eraser. Just lightly go over the surface with the clear wax and wipe back to get the desired look.


Top coat

Top Coat Sealer (Clear liquid)

Top Coat Instructions for Use:

Top Coat creates a durable surface.  Shake well before use.  It should be applied over painted surfaces in a thin, even coat with a fine brush or foam brush.  For ease of application, it can be applied diluted with approximately 30% water, using several light coats to achieve a durable finish.  For a hand-waxed feel, after final coat of Top Coat has dried completely, you may apply Clear Wax on top of the Top Coat.  Give your piece a light sanding with very high grit sand paper, then wax.  This product requires several weeks to fully cure.  Freshly finished surfaces should be kept free of moisture and heavy objects.  Heavy use should be avoided for 1 week.

Hard Coat

Hard Coat Sealer (Clear liquid)

Hard Coat Instructions for Use:

Hard Coat creates a strong durable transparent surface.  Apply American Paint Company Hard Coat at room temperature above 59 degrees (15 C).  Apply with a good quality brush or lint free rag. Stir well before use (extreme agitation such as shaking or mixing by machine may cause surface bubbles, and should be avoided). Surface must be clean, dry, free of grease and absorbents.  Painted surfaces must be completely dry before applying Hard Coat.  Apply smooth thin coats to surface and allow four to five hours between coats.  This product will cure over a period of approximately one week to reach its final hardness.

To find out what sealer will work best for your next project, check out this post about our All-Natural sealers.


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