Deft Brushing Lacquer - Exp. Needed

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Forum topic by mnorusis posted 08-10-2010 08:32 PM 3240 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2010 08:32 PM

I’m curious if anyone has had any exp. with Deft Brush on Clear Lacquer (not the spray can).

I’m on the finishing stage of a desktop and the matching shelves are finished and hung with Deft Clear Gloss Spray Lacquer.

I’ve done test pieces of curly maple cut-offs form building the desk with:
1) Behlan Rock Hard Tabletop Varnish
2) Minwax Clear Glossy Fast Drying Poly
3) Deft Clearr Gloss Brushing Lacquer

After 3 coats of both #1 and #2, it was obvious the finish would be too yellow-ish (maybe orangey) compared to how the shelves turned out.

After 4 coats of #3, I think I’m noticing some yellowing tint (the wife can confirm for sure tonight).

I’m curious if anyone has used the Deft Brushing Lacquer before on light wood (I’m using curly maple) and if so, did you get any yellowing? Or does that go away as it further dries? Should I trying something else or doing something differently?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. We really want to desk to be as light (white) as before the finish was put on. So far, I’ve taken great pains to do this project the “right” way and it’s looking fantastic. My stomach it turning at the idea of needed to settle with a finish that will tint the maple.


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#1 posted 08-11-2010 03:06 AM

I can’t help much other than to suggest that you check to see what the color will be over time. IIRC, varnish will get more yellow over time. If the shelves are lacquer, you wight want to continue with lacquer – brush v. spraying shouldn’t have a different color and over time it should have the same effect. Check out Flexner’s book on finishing, it should address your questions.

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 04:05 PM

Thanks barry,

We decided on the brushing lacquer since 1) it will match the shelves and 2) it either doesn’t yellow the wood (at least initially) or doesn’t yellow it much at all.

I’m just about done applying the lacquer, I just have about 4 more coats to do on the bottom, when I’m done with that the top will have had 2 or 3 days to cure, I’m hoping that will be long enough to work it to it’s final semi-gloss finish.

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