Sealing Acrylic Paint on Wood!

Sealing painted wood is an important part of the process as it helps to protect the painted surface from water and dirt. 

Types of Acrylic Paint Sealer

This is a durable clear sealant for wood and can be used on stained or painted wood and provides a glossy finish. The coating also protects from scratches and exposure to sunlight.


An easy and natural way to seal acrylic paint on wood would be to use furniture wax. All you need to do is apply a small amount of the wax onto a cloth and then apply it to your wood.

Furniture Wax

Polyacrylic is another durable, water-based, and clear sealant for wood. Once applied, it does not leave any odor, dries fast, is easy to clean, and is affordable.

Polyacrylic Sealer

Varnish is something most of us recognize as it has been the most popular form of sealant for many years. 


A glaze is a kind of medium that can be applied over stained and painted wood. Once applied, it provides a high-gloss and clear finish that offers some protection.


Epoxy resin can provide a beautiful gloss finish that makes all your colors stand out. You may want to pre-seal the wood to prevent bubbles from escaping into the resin.

Epoxy Resin

The acrylic medium gel is easy to apply and offers fair protection. The product also comes in matte and gloss finishes. Excellent for protecting against fingerprint marks.

Gel Medium

This is another popular clear, waterproof acrylic sealer for crafts. Mod podge is easy to use, dries fast and offers good protection, and comes in a gloss or matte finish

Mod Podge

A PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue product is a cheap and easy way to seal acrylic paint and some watered-down glue can be used as a pre-sealant as well.

PVA Glue

How to Seal Acrylic Paint

Many would leave this part out and go directly to priming the surface. However, sealing not only increases the durability of the wooden surface but also helps to prevent, discoloration and rotting.

Seal Before Painting

Generally, two coats of sealer can be applied to the bare wood. After this, the primer can be applied, which helps with paint adhesion.

Seal vs Prime

Simply paint your wooden surface with your chosen design. 

Paint the Wood

Sealants can be wiped on, brushed on, you can use a sponge, or you can spray the sealant on.

Seal for the Final Time