Sealing Chipped Paint on Old Wood

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Rather than stripping an old painted chair or floor, you may want to maintain the "old" appearance by sealing the chipped or pealing paint. This is a page about sealing chipped paint on old wood.


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May 20, 2005

Seal old cabinet knobs with clear nail polish so sticky fingerprints wipe right off.

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December 4, 2009

I found some old cabinet doors in my late father-in-law's garage. They look so cool, paint chipping and distressed. I would like to display these (2) and or use them in some way. I thought about shelving, but do not want the paint to chip anymore. It looks so good the way they are. Any suggestions?

By ann from Tipp City, OH


December 4, 20090 found this helpful

If you used them as shelves, wouldn't you only see the edges?

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December 8, 20090 found this helpful

Could you hinge them together and display them that way?

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December 13, 20090 found this helpful

This is what I did with mine. Once you find what you want to do, seal them well with spray shallac to protect that shabby chic look.



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June 8, 2009

I have an old Sellers cabinet that has chippy paint. I like the look and would like to seal it to prevent more chipping. I have tried polyurethane, but it does not hold. Are there any other suggestions?

By Heather from OH


June 10, 20090 found this helpful

Applying modern finishes and sealants to any antique will greatly reduce the market value of the antique.
Perhaps its too late to worry about that since you have already used polyurethane...too bad, sorry.

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