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UncleBuck

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03-19-2018 02:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing

I have been using a marine spar varnish for some time now, i will put on a coat of rub on poly and then two coats of spar. wondering what the benefits of lacquer i would spray it. i have also tried an automotive clear but it is very expensive all ideas welcome thanks in advance. this is my first forum post be gentle lol

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "


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#1 posted 03-19-2018 03:53 PM

Deft. My favorite. Available at Home Depot for only $6 a can. 30 minutes between coats.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 03:57 PM

do they make this in quarts to spray with a hvlp gun

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 05:06 PM

Yes.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 05:06 PM

Buck, I started using the Deft brushing lacquer back in the ‘80s and loved it.
not only was it easy to work with, it smelled delicious !!!
one downside is that it is not very UV tolerant and will break down in direct sunlight.
most brands of lacquer come in quart cans ~ you would have to read the instructions on the can
for the application methods. like most coatings, it says “thin accordingly for spray” application
and suggests the appropriate thinner.

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 05:14 PM

I use lacquer to build coats more quickly and when I want a neutral finish but I don’t use spray lacquer. Lots of people do and I’m sure they’ll be along shortly.

I’m wondering why you use poly and spar together instead of one or the other? I prefer to use one finish.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 05:41 PM

Grew up in auto body shop spraying lacquer. Naturally I wanted to spray my projects. Using a $40 spray gun from Grizzly and get great results.
Sherwin Williams carries lacquer in clear and tintable white. Just sprayed a bath vanity with the white (untinted) and very happy with results.
Did I mention it was quick and forgiving as well…

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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UncleBuck

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 05:46 PM

woodknack some guy told me the wipe on gets in to the grain, i use a lot of red cedar it helps keep the knots from sucking up all the spray. not sure if wiping on the spar would do the same i think its just the rub part. i would like to spray the lacquer but all the products on amazon say they are to be brushed. except the auto lacquer. might just stick to one thanks for getting back to me.

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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UncleBuck

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#8 posted 03-19-2018 05:48 PM

thanks cracknpop thats what i was going to try. might just have to get a quart of the brush and see if they let u thin

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#9 posted 03-19-2018 07:49 PM

I’ve used the spray (Watco) and quart cans (Deft) of lacquer.

The spray is excellent and surprisingly a can goes quite a long ways (probably double that of a can of Minwax spray poly in my experience).

The can of “brushing lacquer” works well to, but it is a bit thick for my tastes and needs a thinning (with off the shelf lacquer thinner, about 15%).

For spraying, the brushing lacquer is excellent, just needs thinning to an amount appropriate for the spray equipment.

The can states “do not thin”, but that is just their way to protect the claims for VOC limits.

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UncleBuck

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#10 posted 03-19-2018 08:00 PM

thanks splinter i ordered some watco gloss we will give it a try do you recomend putting anything on it first or just start spraying coats

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#11 posted 03-19-2018 08:07 PM

Terry,

I just started spraying. This was over various veneers, some pre-finished with danish oil (3 days drying time), some just bare wood.
The only problem was over Zircote (oily wood). I should have sealed it first (shellac). The lacquer took several days to harden up.

Since you are applying to cedar(?), you may run into some (oily/thirsty) pieces that would benefit from a pre-seal.

I’d just give it a squirt and see how it responds.

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UncleBuck

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#12 posted 03-19-2018 08:19 PM

thanks bud appreciate it

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#13 posted 03-19-2018 08:25 PM

Deft, Rudd, Magnalaq all make good lacquer products.
Just make sure you buy lacquer meant for spraying, not the brush-on stuff at the home centers.

I spray it with a gravity feed HVLP gun and it lays down wonderfully. Two coats in a day, and you’re done.

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

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UncleBuck

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#14 posted 03-19-2018 08:29 PM

will they say for spraying on the can all i have located either say brush or nothing at all i will check out the names you gave me thanks

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#15 posted 03-20-2018 02:43 AM

I have tried several different lacquers and found none as good as Deft!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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