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#1 posted 07-11-2007 12:50 AM

”Lacquer doesn’t hold up as well for table tops exposed to moisture, but for bookcases or other projects where people are going to be putting wet items on it, it works fine.” – TomFran quote above

I just noticed a typo on my previous post. It should read “where people are NOT going to be putting wet items on it…”

As to the amount of pressure to spray lacquer, I usually spray it at around 40lbs.

The number of coats will depend on how much you thin your lacquer, but for me, (3) coats is usually just right. You can use your lacquer for your sealer coat and then lightly sand it with 280 grit or finer to smooth it before the next coat. The nice thing about lacquer is that you can complete your finishing in one day. Whereas, with varnish, you should let it sit overnight before applying the next coat.

In all honesty, finishing is just as much an art as the woodwork itself. Some people can build beautiful projects and end up with a lacklustre result because they don’t have their finishing techniques down. A couple of good books on the subject are essential for all serious woodworkers. They are:

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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