How do I seal Sharpie Paint Pens on ceramic tiles?
I am making a coffee table with a ceramic tile top. The tiles are all hand-painted with Sharpie Paint Pens (oil-based) on glossy ceramic tiles. What should I use to seal the paint on the tiles? Keep in mind there could be occasional spills that will need to be wiped up with a damp cloth, etc. Thanks!
The paint pens should be permanent on their own and water-proof. Don’t know what the occasional scraping and wear would do to the paint though.
You could just paint over everything with a coat or two of clear polyurethane (hardware store, my favorite brand is Varathane). Polyurethane is tough and quite water-resistant (the outdoor/marine version is even more water-resistant but isn’t water-based so has to be cleaned up/etc with paint thinner, worse for lungs, etc).
Polyurethanes will come in gloss, semi-gloss, and even matte versions as well.
They should also act as a kind of mechanical hold over the entire top so nothing can scrape up the edges of the painted bits, and everything becomes encased as one surface).
You could also pour epoxy resin over the whole top. That will be thicker (you can buy at hardware store where may also be called “bartop resin,” or at craft/hobby stores).
Check out these links, plus the page at my site that has more on using resins in various ways:
> Epoxy Resin >> Coating
>> Brands >>> At Hardware Store + Using on Larger Surfaces
(You can also put a coat of polyurethane on top of the epoxy resin after it cures for even more toughness.)
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