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08-04-2010 03:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish finishes lacquer brushable lacquer finishing problems finishing

I’m having a problem with the use of brushable lacquer on a serving tray I am making. The first coat adhered fine. But subsequent coats either drag, stay thick in some areas, and don’t even cover or stick in others. Any guidance would be appreciated. Here are the facts:

Using Minwax Brushable Lacquer.
Using garden-variety lacquer thinner to clean brush.
Likely have a very small amount of thinner still on/in brush when applying subsequent coats
The wood is QS Anigre (for whatever that’s worth) and is a horizontal, flat surface.
I lightly sanded between coats and vacuumed all the dust
To my knowledge, there is or were no foreign materials on the first coat to interfere with subsequent coats
I waited at least a few hours between coats. I didn’t go over “tacky” previous coats.
Using a nat bristle brush.

I now have a build-up of about 5 coats. I think that should be enough protection. But the final coat looks like hell. Should I thin the “next” final coat and flood the surface? Should I use a bone-dry brush with no thinner residue? What about using a spray lacquer for the top coat? Recommendations?
Thanks guys,

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 04:48 PM

Larry, you need to thin the top coat a little to make it flow wetter and better,the thinner you have will do fine, just add enough to be able to stroke a nice wet film, be sure to use a good natural hair brush , how ever getting a spray can of lacquer would be a quick and easy , be done sort of thing, I like the spray ‘Deft”, its all nitrocellulose lacquer , and will chemically bond well, what you are getting is basically one coat of lacquer will partially dissolve, or better put bite into the previous coat, it sounds like the lacquer you are brushing is thicker , and it wants to drag ,as well the coat under it is melting somewhat as well, the thinner mix will help, but lay it on as quick as possible and move on, but again the spray can will be better and faster and used as a final coat over a sanded smooth surface you should be done, sand up to about 320 or finer , 600 would be great, before spraying, as spray can lacquer is thinner and lower in solids so it could take several coat to fill the sand scratches if you use a courser grit

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 05:02 PM

Thanks Charles. That helps a lot. I’ll try one more coat of brushable, thinned way down. It is a very thick material and it must go down quickly otherwise it does soften the coat beneath. With regards to the parts that coated well, as a finish, I dampened a rag with thinner and gave it a very quick wipe-down in one direction (after sanding). Smooth as glass. Thanks again

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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