Sunday, March 16, 2014

How to Seal Coffee Tray - Part 4 of 6 - Sealing The Top


By Gary Boutin

Parts and Supplies:

Paper tarp
Paint can opener
Paint stick
Lacquer paint brush 1-1/2 inch
Varathane premium polyurethane 

We received a Walnut coffee tray for Christmas. The tray was painted in a light color stain and sealer. We wanted the tray to last longer and sealed for many more year of service.

This post shows the five steps on how to a coat of polyurethane sealer to the tray. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the tray that has been completely sealed from the bottom and the exterior sides. Now the top and the edges are next to be done. Three coat of polyurethane will be applied to get this tray finished. Each coat must dry before applying the next coat. Read the instructions on the polyurethane can to get proper drying time.
Fig.1 Top tray all ready
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the first coat of poly to the top of the tray. Holding the can near the tray prevents dripping from the brush.
Fig.2 Applying sealer
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the sealer being applied to the edge of the paint tray.
Fig.3 Angle brush
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the sealer being applied all around the edges of the tray. The edges took a lot of sealer before it completely sealed the edge. Notice how the sealer has the center area nice and polished.
Fig.4 Edges painted
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the entire top has been sealed with three coats of polyurethane sealer. Now it's time to clean up the tools.
Fig.5 Set to dry
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