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#1 posted 07-05-2011 11:40 PM

I learned how to spray from a furniture refinisher in 1981. I’ve changed equipment but never the process. I’ve sold a lot of furniture and yet to have a compalint on the finish, so let me give you some insight
By far Deft is the best laquer out there. The can now says it’s a brushing laquer. I called the company and they said it’s the same as always but due to regulations in california they had to change the label and instructions.
Deft dries slightly slower than conventional laquer. This is good. It dries from the bottom up where as laquer from the top down. Have you ever seen rings from where a cup has sat on a table. This happens because moisture is trapped when using laquer, Deft dries slower and allows the moisture to escape.
When you sand Deft there will be a white powder residue. Do not remove. Spray over it, the next coat will melt it and become as one. This helps in the build up. Semi-gloss is my preference. You decide on that. Too much shine shows more imperfections.
You do not need retarder when spraying Deft. cleanup is easy with laquer thinner.
Hvlp is the best system out there. If you have the meens, I highly recommend it.
I have mostlly switched to a waterborne conversion varnish from Target Coatings, see Jeff Jewitt. Waterborne is safer and very durable, there is a learning curve tho.
Best of luck and if you need any more info feel free to ask

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