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Lifeline Acrylic - The Interior Topcoat For Log Homes

What Makes A Topcoat Different?

There is a common thought out there that believe topcoats are just the regular finish without color added. However, our topcoats are completely different than our finishes because they do different things. 

Lifeline Acrylic Gloss and Satin (G/S) and Sure Shine™ Gloss and Satin are totally different formulations than Lifeline Interior or any other finish. Lifeline Interior, Lifeline Accents, and Prelude™ contain a polymer system that offer some distinct adhesion advantages when applied to bare wood. Topcoats are designed to envelope those finishes, protecting the color and wood from environmental damage and everyday living.

Why Do I Need An Interior Topcoat?

When left exposed without a topcoat, interior finishes are more susceptible to dirt pick-up that may not be easily cleaned off. When topcoated with Acrylic G/S or Sure Shine G/S, the finish surfaces become much more impervious to dirt pick-up. The wood surface becomes more slick and smooth, enabling them to be kept clean with much less effort. And as mentioned earlier, the topcoat protects the finish from abrasions, dirt, water, and more. The bottom line is that Lifeline Interior, Lifeline Accents or Prelude are highly recommended to be topcoated with either Acrylic G/S or Sure Shine G/S to get the maximum protection for your log or timber home interior.

int29When Can I Apply A Topcoat?

The best time to apply a topcoat is when your log home has dry or seasoned logs. Whenever a house is over one or two years old, or you are sure your logs are dry, be sure to obtain samples of both Acrylic G/S and Sure Shine G/S. If Acrylic G/S does not result in the smooth, slick surface that you desire, try Sure Shine G/S. Sure Shine G/S is a water-based acrylic-urethane that builds depth and luster with fewer coats. However, polyurethane films are less breathable, so we do not recommend their use on logs that have not fully seasoned. If your home is finished in Acrylic, in the future Sure Shine G/S can always be applied over the Acrylic G/S if you want an exceptionally smooth, deep finish on your interior walls.


Can I Topcoat Over Bare Wood?

What if you don’t want a pigmented stain on your interior wood? Do you need to apply Prelude or Lifeline Interior Clear before applying Sure Shine G/S or Acrylic G/S? From a technical and performance standpoint, it does not matter which one you choose, although Prelude does include an additive called UV Boost that will help prevent the picture frame effect that occurs over time. Although UV Boost can be added to Interior Clear, Acrylic G/S and Sure Shine G/S, most people prefer not to spend more money than they need to, and using Prelude as a primer on bare interior wood will significantly decrease the amount of more expensive Acrylic G/S or Sure Shine G/S you will require.

How Can I Get Lifeline Acrylic or Sure Shine?

We're glad you asked! You can order online at or call us at 1-800-548-3554. We'll be happy to help get your started on protecting your home.