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Do I need Dull or Satin Sealer?

Dull Sealer and Satin Sealer are a special order clear topcoat for:

  • materials needing a very dull finish and / or
  • sealing high-chroma primary or secondary colors.

Dull and Satin Sealers are an acrylic-urethane blend, whereas our Clear Prep+Finish™ is an acrylic. All these clear finishes can be rubbed or sprayed, but the Dull and Satin Sealers can be more finicky, particularly the former, which is recommended only on lighter colors.

  • Dull and Satin Sealers impart a thicker film, so use only one thin coat.
  • The flattening flake may result in a whitish haze on dark colors (see below). The solution is to add the tiniest bit of color to the sealer before applying.

On most materials, our Clear Prep+Finish™dries shiny when used alone as a topcoat. A less shiny result can be achieved by mixing color with clear to make a glaze.

Dull and Satin Sealers are available in the same sizes and the same cost as our Clear Prep+Finish™. These are special order items, meaning we must email the invoice or take credit card over the phone.

Reader Interactions


    • lesandre says

      A sealer, whether our Clear Prep+Finish™ or Dull / Satin Sealer, is recommended bright organic colors like blues, reds, Persimmon and Eggplant.

  1. matthew says

    Hi there! I’m curious if a satin sealer would end up looking even if applied over a sofa that is already satin but has some matte patches (I used rubbing alcohol to get off marker, leaving some matte areas). I’d like to coat it and get it all looking even again.


    • lesandre says

      Question is, did the alcohol indeed strip some of the original clear finish or did it just remove years of body oil and residue from conditioners? To get the best result with our products, you’ll need to clean the surface with alcohol anyway. That said, the Satin Sealer should blend nicely with areas that don’t need cleaning or treatment.

  2. Denise says

    I’m using Satin Sealer as a sealer for my project. How long do I wait after my final application of color to apply sealer?

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