color of deft gloss

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Forum topic by leeko posted 01-07-2012 07:28 PM 1311 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2012 07:28 PM

Hi all,

I’m working with deft gloss brushing lacquer for the first time. When I opened the can, the lacquer was yellow/amber in color. I poured it into a clear container to check, it was definitely yellow – looked like pee.

Took the can back to the hardware store, and tried the other 2 cans on the shelf. they looked exactly the same. Is deft supposed to look like that? My understanding was that yellow means old or bad for cellulose lacquers, but it’s odd that they were all the same!



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#1 posted 01-08-2012 12:16 AM

all the Deft I have used over the past 10 years or more is that same amber color. Dries clear enough though.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 01:13 AM

Dries clear, but as with any spirits based finish, it will have a somewhat amber tone. Alternative is a water born finish. Just my experience.


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#4 posted 01-08-2012 08:43 AM

I’ve used deft before. You have to stir it up. It should be creamy color.

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 03:58 PM

yes that is what i have been spraying stir up looks milky….. pour into gun an spray also use zinsser bulls eye for me.


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#6 posted 01-08-2012 04:30 PM

I believe the satin and semi-gloss deft should look milky, but not the gloss stuff?

Anyway, I checked a a few cans of the deft, and a can of cabot nitro gloss lacquer in another store, and they all looked the same.

Thanks again!

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