Stickley #369 Morris Chair #8: Stain and Lacquer

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 04-04-2014 08:30 PM 2625 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I sprayed the chair with Rodda #19 stain, which I thin with a splash of mineral spirits.

After the chair had dried for 24-48 hours I sprayed Rudd lacquer (Satin sheen), which I strain and thin 20% with lacquer thinner. After the first coat I sanded with 320 grit soft sponges, and cleaned the dust with cheese cloth (not tack cloth) and compressed air.

After the second coat I wet sanded with 1500 grit soft sponges. The whole chair only took 15-20 minutes to wet sand.

The Rudd lacquer sprayed well, and left a nice satin finish without too much fuss.

Here is the completed project page…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 10:53 PM

A great read, loved following all the steps. Sad its finally over. Great job Pinto!

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 12:51 AM

Thanks for posting you blog series on this project. It was really enjoyable to see the progress from a pile of lumber to this, the finished furniture!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 03:57 AM

Nice finish. I’ve never sprayed before but I’m inspired to try. I have a brand new HVLP sprayer I received as a birthday gift 3 years ago. I know you said yours was gravity fed. Is it standard or HVLP?

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 12:51 PM

Love the finish. Looks like quality and the sheen is just right too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 05:14 AM

This is a great looking project!

I LOVE Rudd! It was the first professional grade finish that I ever shot and it gave me fantastic results with little effort and a very durable finish. Currently, there is nobody really selling Rudd in Billings (where I live) unless I special order it in.

My new favorite is M.L. Campbell Magnamax. By the testing I have done it has to be the most durable pre-cat on the market.

If you use a wiping stain such as Sherwin Williams BAC Wiping Stain or ML Campbell Wiping Stain, they are lacquer based and can be top coated with a lacquer finish in one hour as per the directions on the can. If you are top coating with anything else, such as waterborne or oil base, dry time is 24 hours.

Besides the dry time, one other benefit is that the wiping stains handle and absorb differently than the oil base stains and there is very little blotching with these types of stains. Less struggle, faster production time, it’s all good:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 06:18 AM

My gravity feed guns are all conversion HVLP type. They run off of a compressor, and do not require a turbine. I have a Porter Cable PSH1 and a Wood River gravity feed. The only difference I can see is the PC came with a pressure regulator.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 09:37 PM

Great finish of a very nice project. Really enjoyed this Willie.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 10:09 AM

Just read through the whole blog building this chair. And i must say it is one of the best and most thorough blogs i have read. Learned a lot and enjoyed the read.
Thank you so much for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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