Catalyzed lacquer help needed

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Forum topic by bscur posted 10-31-2011 06:20 PM 1505 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2011 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource catalyzed lacquer finish box

I saw some beautiful hardwood boxes in a store that were “hand-rubbed with catalyzed lacquer.” I am trying to build copies of the boxes and want to use that finish. Where can I get that. It seems to be hard to find and involve two parts. Is there anything comparable? I want my maple to stay as white as possible and I’d like to apply this finish by hand.

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 02:54 PM

Catalyzed lacquer can be quite toxic, it usually used a acid based catalyst, and not the best idea for home or hand application, any good finish can be rubbed, and in as much as keeping the maple as white as possible, i would suggest a good waterbase finish like general finishes, High performance, it will raise the grain a little on the first coat, but then when lightly sanded back with some 320 it will come slick, to rub you need to get sufficent material on the box, like 2 or 3 good coats, sanded between, to a really smooth filled surface, then apply a 4th coat, and as soon as it sets up enough to do a 5th do it, ( typically about an hour) , the reason is, water base doesnt melt together like a sovent , and when you go thru one coat into the next you can get what is called ghosting , so by doing the last 2 coats close together, they burn in enough to give you a thicker “One coat” so you have some thing to rub , usually rubbing starts with a super fine sanding, to smooth and level, then a good rub out, I use Mirka Abralon to rubout, a fine sanding means ending with 12 or 1500 , after a good cure, a week is good, 2 is better for cure, on the abralon,, 1000 is matt, 2000 satin, 3000 semi gloss and 4000 is gloss, check out either or call for the abralon ( sia air is the same ) and then watch this and if ya have a problem email me

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