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Forum topic by Tom posted 03-22-2017 08:39 PM 520 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2017 08:39 PM

I’ve reached the finishing stage on a project (that’s taken WAY too long to do) and I’m going to use spray lacquer on it. I was watching on YouTube and one recommendation is to put a layer of shellac then the lacquer over it. Does this work or should I just put 3-5 coats of the spray lacquer on?

It’s for a family member and I’m charging the “family” price which means I’ll be making maybe $1.50 an hour for my time. Either not doing this again or charging a lot more.

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 09:08 PM

Check out this topic I started and got great advice. One reply told me that he skips using shellac on bare wood. Especially if you’re gonna use an oil based finish. I really suggest you read Flexners book mentioned in the topic. I sent you a PM.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 09:12 PM

lacquer from a rattle can, or using spray equipment?

If you are using spray equipment spray your first coat as sealer, sand out with 220 then apply your top coats. build the finish to suit your taste. I like 2-3 coats personally. Lacquer is great because you can finish the whole project in a day.

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#3 posted 03-22-2017 09:20 PM

Lacquer is its own sealer. I don’t recommend using shellac under lacquer unless there is some compelling reason to do so. For instance, sealing in the stain layer or refinishing a contaminated piece.

On new work, just shoot the first coat as thinned lacquer. Scuff sand and apply the second coat. With a good gravity feed gun, you should only need 2 coats.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 03-22-2017 09:22 PM

Forgot to clarify. Rattle can lacquer. Tried Deft and Rustoleum. I made dog crates from pine, stained with oil based min wax and need to seal them. I’m trying to get a good finish that’s quick and looks nice. If I was doing a table or some other furniture I’d use something better.

I don’t have spray equipment and no room to set up a space right now. Eventually I may get a HF sprayer, they rate really good.

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#5 posted 03-22-2017 11:24 PM

A lot depends on what kind of wood it is and what finish you desire. There’s no one answer to your question without knowing that. For example, if it’s porous wood and you want a smooth finish, you’ll be spraying forever with lacquer alone.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 03-22-2017 11:56 PM

Tried Deft and Rustoleum.
- Tom

Out of a can DEFT DEFT DEFT!! It leaves a really nice finish.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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