The Benefits of Using Clear Finishes to Protect Your Decorative Coatings

In the world of architectural coatings and finishes, clear finishes have emerged as a versatile and indispensable choice for both residential and commercial projects. With their easy application methods, varied uses, and protection and durability benefits, clear finishes have become the go-to solution for enhancing and preserving surfaces. 

In this blog, we will explore the numerous advantages of using clear finishes for architectural coatings.

What are Clear Finishes?

Clear finishes are as they sound; they are a clear protective finish that can be applied over your painting or rendering projects. These coatings are easy to apply, versatile and offer protection against the harsh Australian elements and weather conditions. 

They also have a host of other benefits including:

Easy Application

One of the primary reasons clear finishes have gained popularity is their ease of application. Whether you are a professional contractor or a DIY enthusiast, clear finishes provide a straightforward application process. The user-friendly nature of clear finishes ensures that anyone can achieve a professional and aesthetically pleasing result.

Depending on the exact product clear coatings can be simply applied using a nap roller, brush or spray gun.


Clear finishes can be applied to a wide range of surfaces and materials, making them incredibly versatile. From wood to concrete, metal, and even some plastics, clear finishes offer a protective layer that enhances the natural beauty of the substrate. This versatility makes clear finishes a preferred choice for interior and exterior applications, adding a touch of elegance to various architectural elements.

Enhanced Protection

Clear finishes are designed not only to beautify but also to protect surfaces from environmental stressors. They create a barrier against moisture, UV rays, and contaminants, extending the life of substrates. By shielding surfaces from the damaging effects of weather, clear finishes help maintain the pristine appearance of structures and reduce maintenance costs over time.


These finishes are engineered to withstand exposure to sunlight and temperature fluctuations. As a result, surfaces coated with clear finishes remain in excellent condition, even in the face of the harsh Australian environmental conditions. 

Their durability makes clear finishes an ideal choice for external surfaces in both residential and commercial settings.

Clear Finish Products

Now that you know about the benefits of using clear coatings let’s take a look at some of Rockcote’s best clear finishes:

  • Rockcote Armour Clear: This is a high-performance protective coating. It is also water resistant and highly flexible to ensure it can withstand the Australian elements. Its acrylic formulation makes it easy to apply with a nap roller, brush or spray gun.
  • Rockcote Clearcote: This clear, acrylic finish provides extra protection, and added resistance against water ingress, mould/grime pick-up and retention. This is ideally used as a top coat over Rockcote Coloured Renders and specialist products
  • Rockcote Repel: This is a clear, penetrative finish that provides ease of maintenance and extra protection. It also blends perfectly so it is virtually undetectable. Repel will leave you with a highly water-repellent, and mould-resistant surface.

Protect Your Surfaces With Clear Finishes

The use of clear finishes for architectural coatings has revolutionised the way surfaces are protected and enhanced. With their straightforward application methods, versatile uses, and robust protection and durability benefits, clear finishes have become a valuable tool for homeowners, contractors, and designers alike. 

Clear coatings offer a versatile solution that can elevate the beauty and longevity of any project.