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Forum topic by buffalo689 posted 05-13-2010 01:53 PM 1409 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2010 01:53 PM

I’ve been using poly, waterlox,water base poly,tung oil,...but I’m going back to lacquer,dye stain, good ol’ sanding sealer, I’ve got about 90 feet of panels to finish. I did the last conf. room by hand, and am looking forward to laying a kickass finish on this job in half the time. I can’t wait to get spraying again!

-- bill

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 01:59 PM

Just can’t beat lacquer, for my money! Are you going with a satin finish? Out of curiosity, what brand do you prefer?

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 02:23 PM

Lacquer is the only way to go. It is forgiving and can have a hard and smooth finish. I have woodworker/customers in other states that love that I can finish their furniture in lacquer, because their state doesn’t allow it. I use a pre-catalized lacquer, usually in a medium sheen (medium rubbed effect).

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 02:23 PM

AtomJack..I’m going with satin, and I like mohawk products, I’ve used their products for a long time and know what to expect. socalwood, ? where do you live? If I did everything the government wanted me to do, well..let’s just say I don’t..

-- bill

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 02:32 PM

Candy is dandy, but lacquer is quicker. :)

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 03:18 PM

BoardSMITH says French polishing? Has this guy ever done that? Done right it is very time consuming, but you’ll build up the thumb muscle in your hand really good, if that turns your wife on, go for it. LOL I’ve been using and recommending Automotive catalyzed urethane for a long time, great build up, the equivalent of 10 coats of laquer, done in 3 coats of auto urethane. Higher costs, but what is your time worth? Superior finish and think of it’s wearability, what does a car go through? UV protection can’t be beat, and nothing harder and more durable. You can get an off brand on ebay for about $100.00 that gives you 1 gal. clear, and 1/2 gal. activator, so your getting 1 1/2 gal. of material. Drying time to sanding is about 2 hours at room temp. some even less. As little as 20 min. if heat is raised. Hope this helps.

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#6 posted 05-13-2010 03:33 PM

2 hours drying time is an eternity in the dust prone woodworking business. I’ll take the 2 minutes drying time of lacquer any day.

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#7 posted 05-13-2010 03:59 PM

socalwood, I keep hearing about all the california restrictions, what finishes are available to you..

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#8 posted 05-13-2010 04:28 PM

socalwood, I’m in nj,second only to cal. in rediculous laws! I’ve got about 100 LF of panels to finish, can’t imagine french polishing that, I’d go insane..

-- bill

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#9 posted 05-13-2010 05:21 PM

Now Buffalo, we need to be good boys and girls, snort, snicker

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#10 posted 05-13-2010 08:34 PM

I’m having a real time of it kicking the lacquer habit as well.
Short drytimes, excellent burn in and much more forgiving of dust.
The crystal clear depth of the untinted material is hard to beat and nothing compares with a good handrubbed piano black.
I’m trying WB materai again but good old habits that work everytime are hard to break.

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#11 posted 05-13-2010 11:58 PM

Californians – Take a look at Target Coatings EM6000.

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