Tough Coat and why It's Amazing

July 12, 2016

Fusion Mineral Paint is famous for its built in top coat. The 100% acrylic resin acts as the “glue”, so to speak, and results in the best adhesion, and long-term durability against wear and tear. It is a waterproof, non-porous surface which is why you generally don’t need a top coat for water-permanency.

Sometimes though, you may want a slight sheen and added color vibrancy, or you may want the peace of mind of an extra bit of protection over high traffic areas such as kitchen cabinets or counter tops. This is where our Tough Coat comes into play!

Tough Coat uses only 100% acrylic resin and is perfect as a top coat sealer for those high traffic surfaces such as table tops, seating, doors and floors and dries to a satin finish. FUSION Tough Coat differs from our competition with its use of pure acrylic.

Normally other products on the market are using lesser acrylic resins which will yellow and embrittle over time, not binding as well therefore leaving a less durable finish.

We have done extensive testing to ensure that we are offering you the best of the best. The following image shows how FUSION‘s Tough Coat holds up to 3 years of UV exposure in comparison to a competitor brand. As you can see, the Fusion Tough Coat maintains its clear  transparency while the competitor brand yellowed.

The keys to applying Tough Coat to your projects are to use it sparingly and work quickly!

We recommend using a synthetic brush in order to decrease the chance of brush strokes showing through. If you are feeling wary about using a brush and want the coverage to be flawless then you can use a paint sprayer, or even a slightly damp rag to apply it.

Application: Apply with a synthetic high quality brush, or rag, to a non oily/greasy surface.

If applying to a recently painted surface, allow the surface to dry for 12 hours before applying. For maximum durability, apply two coats waiting 2-4 hours between applications. In humid areas, longer drying times may be required.

See below for a helpful video on applying Tough Coat.

Tip: When applied to darker colors, imperfections may be more noticeable. It is best to sand down any imperfections between coats to acquire that flawless finish.

Be sure to gently mix your Tough Coat by gently rolling it around prior to using it as the matting agent and other ingredients may settle to the bottom.

Do not shake vigorously as this will cause air bubbles in your piece that are difficult to remove once applied. If bubbles begin to occur on your piece, simply remove excess Tough Coat from your brush and gently brush out the bubbles.

Tough Coat will begin to dry as you’re using it. In order to avoid brush strokes, try not to spend too much time on one spot and do not back brush (usually no longer than 30 seconds).

Note from Jennilyn (Fusion Creator and Owner) about Tough Coat:

"Hello! I know there is some confusion on when to use the Tough Coat and ways to get the best results using it. Fusion doesn't need tough coat for durability, however we say it can't hurt to add an extra layer of durability with the exception on medium to darker paint colours as you can get some streaking. 
If you're wanting an easier top coat application without streaking, use the Natural colour Stain & Finishing Oil over Fusion Mineral Paint.  You could also use a colour to get different effects - so for example if you're looking for a fabulous Restoration Hardware Look it's an easy technique! Watch out for my public video coming out soon on this and it will be announced on our social media once completed :)
Here are some tips! 
Ensure Tough Coat is well mixed prior to use, but do not shake so as to mix the matting agent thoroughly . 
If applying to a recently painted surface, allow 12-24 hours of drying time before applying.
 For best results, use with a damp lint free rag and apply two coats 2-4 hours apart. In humid areas, longer drying times may be required.   
 *** Not Recommended over medium to dark paint colours due to water vapour being trapped which could cause streaking ***   
Instead use the Natural colour Stain & Finishing Oil over medium to darker colours for extra added durability on high traffic areas such as kitchen cabinets, table tops or flooring."


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