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Underdog

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04-26-2018 04:16 PM

I’ve been making nine Model T truck/cars for the past year or so, as time permits. I’m now in the process of putting finish on #6 and #7.
But it’s taking WAY too long to get an acceptable finish…

I’m using Rustoleum’s Clear Matte Painter’s Touch 2X which seems to apply fairly evenly, with no blushing, unlike their Clear Matte Enamel which blushes very unpredictably.

But it takes forever to get the end grain sealed up. I’d say four coats minimum. When I used precat cabinet lacquer, it only took a couple of coats- and it was a lot harder. This PT2X can be scratched with a fingernail even after several days of drying.

Any ideas what finish to use that will build faster? What would you use?


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 04-26-2018 04:52 PM

Maybe a coat of spray shellac as a grain sealer first?

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#2 posted 04-26-2018 08:38 PM

Have you tried sealing the end grain!
There are many ways to do that and suggest that you search Lumberjocks for all of the methods so you can pick one that suits your purpose/fancy!

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Underdog

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#3 posted 04-26-2018 10:11 PM



Have you tried sealing the end grain!
- oldnovice

Well. I asked at HD (mistake I know) and the guy there said Rustoleum doesn’t really make a sealer… so I didn’t pursue it much after that. But it’s such a pain, that I finally figured that something’s gotta be easier than what I’m doing now…

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#4 posted 04-26-2018 10:51 PM

have you tried Danish oil first then maybe a better spray …only thing is with oil ….you need to make sure it is very dry before applying final finish :<))

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#5 posted 04-27-2018 03:46 AM

I’ve used pressure pack (shake & rattle) fast dry acrylic

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#6 posted 04-27-2018 02:28 PM

A shellac first coat as a sealer is the answer. Shellac is the best sealer there is. Shellac dries fast (alcohol based), sands beautifully when completely dry (it “chalks” and doesn’t clog your sand paper), and “builds” quickly (meaning it dries so fast that you can quickly apply the next coat, like in 5 minutes or so. To my knowledge, it is one of the few sealers that can be applied over pine knots that will keep the pine rosin from seeping through over time.

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#7 posted 04-27-2018 02:44 PM

Another vote for shellac as a sealer. Is there a reason you are not using the precat lacquer for them if that has been succesful in the past?

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Underdog

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 03:31 PM


Another vote for shellac as a sealer. Is there a reason you are not using the precat lacquer for them if that has been succesful in the past?

- RobHannon

Don’t have access to the precat lacquer. I changed jobs recently…

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