How To Make Faux Marble Shiny

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How To Make Faux Marble Shiney Debra,

I have a question for you that I’m surely hoping you can answer for me.

I’ve been marbling sections of walls and although the paint job is beautiful and looks exactly like I and my client wanted it to, I can’t seem to find a product that will make it shiny.

I’ve tried to spray it with a product I bought from Michaels, which is a poly-type product but it only gave it a soft streaked sprayed finish instead of the clear glossy finish it promised.

The guy at Home Depot gave my client a big can of clear glaze that only gives my work the look I want until it dries and then it’s an opaque finish instead of the hard clear look of marble.

I’m afraid only polyurethane will do what I want but the polyurethanes I’ve looked at all say right on the can that it will yellow once it’s dried.

The marbling I’m doing must remain as white as I can keep it.

Is there a magic glossy top-coat that you know of that will dry absolutely clear? If you can save the day for me I would be much appreciative.

Thanks so much Margaret


Hi Margaret,

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Boy I have been in your position before… and I have a solution for you.

Their are many products that are very expensive that would do the trick for you. They are usually sold by specialized faux painting manufacturing companies exclusively at special faux painting product stores or online.

Since I don’t live anywhere near one of these special stores… nor could I wait for any products to be delivered… I had to find the right solution with what was available… Today!

As a side note… I did use acrylic floor finish… and this worked great. Except it eventually yellowed. So don’t use it.

What does work… every time… is Minwax Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Gloss.

  • Only for interior use… it will yellow with outside use. The sunlight causes that reaction with almost any product.
  • This product is only to be used over water based paints and glazes. Oil based anything will eventually cause yellowing… no matter what cover coat you use.

Good Luck… and let us know how it worked. Would love to see pictures!


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  1. Jeannie says

    This Protective Finish in cleaar gloss, is that a good choice for using in a sink? How about painted granite? Thank you for your time with these questions.

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