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Forum topic by MalcolmLaurel posted 04-07-2016 11:38 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2016 11:38 PM

I’m finishing a couple of small tables right now. Both have numerous coats of clear dewaxed shellac as a base, and I’m applying Deft brushing lacquer on the tops to better protect against spills. I’m using semi-gloss lacquer so scratches won’t show so much. I’ve done the same before and liked the semi-gloss look on an oak tabletop, but I’m not so sure this time (one is chestnut and the other is unknown, some have suggested it may be mulberry). I’ll decide after it dries, but:

Question 1: Is there any reason I can’t apply gloss lacquer over semi-gloss? I presume I’ll then have a gloss finish?

Question 2: Is it OK to mix brands? As I said I started with Deft semi-gloss, but I also have a can of Watco gloss lacquer (which looked gorgeous on another table until it got scratched).

Question 3: How best to fix that scratched tabletop? Sand and recoat? Or, I’ve heard suggestions of simply brushing lacquer thinner on, to melt and level the scratched surface?

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 01:15 AM

Howdy Mr. Malcolm! To answer your 1st question, from my experience, no, there isn’t a problem shooting gloss over semi gloss lacquer. Depending on the look you’re after, my suggestion would be to sand lightly w/220 grit sandpaper, & wipe it clean, then shoot your lacquer. It may take a couple of coats, but, I’ve never had any problems. In answer to question #2, again, in my experience, it’s not a very good practice to get started. Every manufacturer uses their own “recipes” & chemical blends. Its EASY to wreck the finish on a project by mixing breeds. Number 3. I’ve sanded scratches lightly w/220, & then with 400 grit paper, & using a microfiber rag & denatured alcohol, rub the scratches lightly until they are gone. And then lightly resand w/400 grit. Depending on the size of the scratches, watch as not to get to carried away with sanding a huge spot around them, IMO. Remember, lacquer dries almost on contact. So, once you begin to repair scratches in it, don’t stay in one spot to long, from my experience. Good luck, & enjoy your project, Sir.

-- Sawdust703

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