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Forum topic by Coleby posted 07-06-2011 06:35 AM 1186 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2011 06:35 AM

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I was considering spraying lacquer as a finish for my gun cabinet I just finished. I have a little experience spraying paint with my siphon spray gun. My paint job turned out nice so I was wandering if I would be successful with lacquer. Should I not waste my time and money or will I probably do alright. Also any advice on how to spray lacquer would be great. Thanks

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 06:23 PM

I have sprayed a lot of different finishes. There is not much dfference in spraying anything—the technique is the same.The main thing is to have the right tip on your gun and thin the material properly, or in some cases, don’t thin. Follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions.


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#2 posted 07-06-2011 06:50 PM

Multiple, light coats!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#3 posted 07-09-2011 01:48 PM

Multiple light coats but be sure to not go over 3-5 mills depending on brand. The finish is brittle and will tend to craze or crack later down the line. Get a wet mil thickness gauge if you are not sure how much is too much. Also if heat and humidity is an issue for you right now you may need to dial in the thinning ratio or also use a retarder or your finish may blush. Great this about lacquer is the dry time i love it. Funny thing is these days i only spray conversion varnish which requires a catlyst.

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