I was thinking black lacquer, but open to all suggestions.

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Forum topic by Broglea posted 05-27-2011 10:21 PM 2633 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2011 10:21 PM

I’m almost finished a bathroom vanity based on this my wife saw at Lowes. My version is made of poplar and I was leaning towards finishing it with a water based black lacquer. The problem is I can’t seem to find a place here that has black lacquer and this would be the first time using it. I was wondering what the best approach would be to match the finish in this picture. BL or should I consider an alternative?

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 01:03 AM

I use Krylon’s Industrial Acrylic Lacquer Spray Paint all the time. I use their semi-flat which has just a hint of luster.You can’t buy it at your basic hardware store. Home Depot, Walmart etc. I get mine from a local electrical supply outlet. You might want to call Krylon directly to find a place to buy it. I use to buy it from Graingers. First I apply a couple of coats of Krylon indoor/outdoor grey primer. I’ve found the more coats of primer I use the less paint I need. The primer is available all over. Sand after priming and then spray light coats of the paint. It does smell for a little while but I really like the finish I get so I put up with it. I do generally spray in my basement but if you can do it outside that would be better. Don’t spray it in the sun cause it might bubble and blister. Make sure you specify “Industrial”

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 04:03 AM

Rustoleum has a black lacquer in a spray can that works pretty well if you apply thin coats so it doesnt run. It dries really fast so you can recoat after only a few minutes. I would recommend one of the spray handles rather than the index finger on the button as this improved my control significantly.

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 04:55 AM

Another option, and preferable because chipping shouldn’t be
a great problem (lacquer is brittle) is to ebonize the work and then
topcoat with shellac, which polishes beautifully, or some tougher
clear finish, but not laid on to thickly.

Shellac and wax works fine in the bathroom if the room is adequately
ventilated. Don’t be put off by fear the finish will melt immediately
on contact with water or alcohol – it is more durable than
sellers of varnishes would have you believe.

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 06:26 PM

Are you going for a black finsh or for one that shows some grain? If you want a jet lack with grain showing, i would use either a dye or a very dark stain. That picture looks more like the mocha stain used alot for finish on furniture.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 08:22 PM

Al – The wife wants a smooth finish without the grain showing. I think paint is the direction I’m lean towards.

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 08:57 PM

I’d use an ebony dye stain mixed with either shellac or your chosen film finish, sprayed on.

-- jay,

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