I've been making hand painted wooden boxes for commissions, they are just artists oil paint on wooden boxes. I've been trying to find a good clear coat to give it a finish like the one in the picture, but so far I've tried varnish made for oil paint and it has a sticky feeling and it's not smooth at all. I'm trying to find a clear coat finish that's safe to use on oil papint
As the other anons stated, you need to follow the directions and do it properly.
Don't forget to sand
wipe it off if it says to, etc. don't use a metric fuck ton, actually use a clear coat after and then sand/buff that accordingly.
I'm unsure if it's actual wood or just a box painted to look like wood
easiest solution, won't be quite as shiny as picture, can of spray shellac. then buff.
but basically go to store, look for a glossy finish on the can, read the can to make sure it can be applied ontop of oil based paint.
They're talking about polyurethane. It's durable, clear and shiny. Easiest method is to buy "wipe-on" polyurethane, meaning you apply it with a rag, literally wiping it onto the surface.
Gotta make many layers of clear coat.
Use fine steel wool in between coats (I sure there is a dremel attachment) to prepare for each successive coat.
Also, using an air powered spray gun deposits a hell of a lot more lacquer quicker than by hand.
A lacquer would give the most glossy, smooth feel.
It would require an HVLP sprayer, mask, and good ventilation, though.
You can still get a very glossy finish with polyurethane. The key in any case is polishing.
You can easily achieve this effect with a non-toxic resin. Such as elichemresin 1-2-1 (if in euro) or artresin (if you're in murica). Much less work that french polish and great results. You're welcome.
I don't need it to be as smooth or polished as the picture, I just think the boxes would look better with some sort of clear coat that will keep the oil paint safe
Here's one I just finished
How would I apply the resin to a box though? Would I have to do one side at a time? I feel like it would come out weird