Transfers adhere best to a flat finish and it is typically best to seal your piece AFTER the transfer application.
Do not use an oil-based sealant on your transfer, as they may cause the transfer to deteriorate. Any water-based sealer including a polyacrylic from your favorite paint line will do! Here is a list of approved water-based sealers:
- Dixie Belle: Satin or Flat Clear Coats, Spray Wax, Wax
- Paint Couture: Top Coat
- Minwax: Polycrylic
- Wise Owl: Matte or Satin Varnish & Salve (not recommended for adhesive foil transfers)
- Annie Sloan: Clear Wax
- Fusion: Clear and Colored Waxes, Beeswax, Toughcoat, Stain & Finishing Oil
- General Finishes: High Performance Top Coat
- Miss Mustard Seed: Tough Coat
- Rustoleum: Matte Spray or Matte Topcoat Sealer
- Vintage Market and Design: Semi Gloss Sealer
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint: Wax
- Made by Paint: Poly or Wax
- DIY Paint: Wax or Big Top
- Modern Masters: Dead Flat Varnish
Things not to do when sealing your transfer:
- Do not attempt to try and seal a transfer that is not adhering. The sealant can cause the transfer to lift more.
- Sealing is not recommend for glass and mirrors.
- Make sure your transfer is burnished well to the project and free of air bubbles.
- It is not recommended to have transfers in direct sunlight/ outdoors in the elements as fading may occur.
- Dixie Belle Gator Hide is not recommended for sealing transfers.