Spraying lacquer over lacquered cabinets

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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 09-07-2016 04:52 PM 1504 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2016 04:52 PM

Helping a friend out. He has a cherry stain on his cabinets with what I believe to be a laquer clear coat on it. He is wanting to spray a walnut color stain on it. Here’s my question. Can we spray a tinted lacquer over the existing finish? We were planning on wiping them down with a denatured alcohol to clean them. The plan was to do two coats of color and 2 coat of clear.

Will this work or do we have to strip the finish off?

Thanks in advance

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 05:52 PM

Yep shouldnt be an issue, just be sure to clean them well, first , I prefer naphtha, apply a good wet coat, wipe off with a clean cloth, then repeat, alcohol dries a little too fast for me to get on and off.

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#2 posted 09-07-2016 06:06 PM

First verify that the existing topcoat is lacquer. Rub an inconspicuous spot with a cloth dampened with lacquer thinner. If the thinner desolves the existing finish then it is lacquer and you should be able to recoat with lacquer after cleaning the surfaces well as CharlesNeil indicated. If it’s not lacquer you can probably get away with using a coat of dewaxed shellac as a sealcoat that will allow the new lacquer adhere to the surface.

Good Luck!

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 06:54 PM

It is a big job, but I have done it. Tinting has its share of headaches, and is probably the most difficult spray finishing technique to get right. For example, if you get a run or sag in the finish, the color will be concentrated there.

I sprayed two coats to go from honey oak to a medium brown color. I didn’t do a clear topcoat, and have had no durability issues. I would say choose a satin sheen lacquer, as the gloss really builds up with multiple coats.

Here are pictures and more info if you’re interested…

Good luck!

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 07:46 PM

Inside corners are the hardest. Devise a plan to get the corners first (both sides) then spray the field carefully blending into the corner, but not double overlapping the first coat.

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