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#1 posted 10-19-2010 02:25 PM

Tommy, I’ve sprayed lacquer over a lot of different finishes before and most of the time it’s worked fine. You difinetly need to lightly sand before you put anything over the gloss finish. (so the new finish has something to adhere to). I would make a sample board first and experiment with that. Most manufacturers don’t recommend mixing finishes. If you’re using a spray lacquer from a can ( like Deft), then I’ve found them to work on almost any surface, but again, I would do a sample board first. How big is your project and is it stained? If it’s stained, be careful not to sand thru the finish and get into the stain. If it’s not a very big project, you may just want to strip it down and start over. I know that sounds like a lot of work (and time), but sometimes that’s the best solution. I’ll be glad to try to help you thru the process, just drop me a line and we can talk about it more. I’m no finishing expert, but over the years, I’ve run into different situations and had to work out a solution. I don’t know about you, but I hate spending all that time building something and then can’t get the finish to look right. Good luck and let me know how things turn out.

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