Durable topcoat over painted coffee table

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Old 08-12-11, 10:03 AM
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Durable topcoat over painted coffee table

I built a pine coffee table and painted the top black with an oil-based satin black paint. After putting the table into use, I am noticing marks in the paint where people have used it to write on. These marks are not indentations in the wood, but closer to scratches/scuffs in the paint.

I plant to scuff/sand it and add another coat of black paint, then put a clear top-coat of some kind to prevent further marks. I don't want a glossy "varnished" look to it. What kind of top-coat/finish would be good to use?
 
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Generally I'm not fond of apply poly over paint but when you have a dark paint that doesn't have a hard enough film to prevent burnishing.... a satin oil base poly should take care of your issues.
 
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Pine is pretty soft, I don't know if any finish is going to accomplish what you want. That said, I agree with Mark in applying a satin oil based poly.
 
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Yes, satin sheen oil polyurethane is what you want. The sheen of the paint doesn't matter - it can be flat. The only sheen that will show is the sheen of the clear cover coat.
 
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