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Plinth with Glossy Finish

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I'm building a plinth out of a wooden spool.  My plan is for it to be a glossy black.

 

I'm probably over thinking this, but my question is whether to paint it black and apply a gloss sealer, or just use a glossy black paint from a rattle can.

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Rattle can will probably be more durable, but also it's very much a do it in one step and hope you don't mess up sort of thing.

 

There's always the option of black wood dye and wipe-on polyurethane, though for the best "glassy wood" look, you'd probably want to use shellac or lacquer.

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Depends on the effect you are going for. 

Gloss spray paint will get it done quickly.

Matte black with a gloss clear coat will work if that is what you have on hand. 

For max gloss I'd paint with black gloss then sand with 120 grit. Then several coats of clear gloss polyurethane with 600 grit sanding in between 

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For this first attempt, I went with what I had on hand.  Looked pretty good, but then I then decided to sculpt tiles on the top.  Now I need to decide whether the tiles should also be gloss or just left matte.

 

Decisions. ::(:  Always the hardest part of my projects.

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